June 28, 2012
POLICE yesterday confirmed that on Tuesday a Ryanair flight from Paphos bound for Bergamo airport in Italy was forced to return an hour after take off, following information that one of the passengers had been kidnapped.
Police informed the pilot that the mother of a 10-year-old girl of Pontian origin had reported that her daughter had boarded the flight, with her father, against her will.
Once the complaint had been filed, police sought to prevent the flight from taking off by informing the control tower of the situation, but the flight had already left the runway.
The control tower informed the aircraft’s pilot of the situation, as according to International regulations, the pilot is solely responsible for any decisions taken during the flight.
The pilot confirmed that the named passengers were on board by checking the flight list and subsequently returned to Paphos airport.
On landing, the girl’s father was taken to the offices of Paphos airport police, while the girl was handed back to her mother.
Hermes airport spokesman Adam Aspris declined to comment on the matter only saying, “This is a security matter but I can confirm that the Ryanair flight in question had to return to Paphos airport, taking off again later.”
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