Better escape after an emergency landing or after a plot to enter Europe illegally? This is one of the main questions police are now trying to answer, and 12 people have now been arrested: in addition to the nine who have already recovered, there are also passengers on the plane who have been diagnosed with an illness and asked for medical help – charged with aiding and abetting. And incitement to illegal immigration – a man who accompanied him to the hospital, and then another passenger who tried to escape on his own, remained on the plane and is now accused of assaulting a public official.
Of the 24 people involved, 23 are Moroccan nationals, and one is a Palestinian, officials said. But investigators want to be vigilant for the time being. “As it stands, we have no element that allows us to state that this was a planned operation,” Aina Calvo, a spokeswoman for the Spanish government in Balearic, told the Iberian media, “but all assumptions are open.” The arrival of these people is considered a case of “apparently random” entry from Morocco to Spain, which is usually sought after by thousands of people from the enclaves of Suez and Melilla.
The most likely assumption is that an exclusion protocol will apply to everyone. At the same time, the authorities are reviewing the implementation of such landings. “What happened yesterday cannot be repeated,” Francesca Armengol, regional president of the Baleriks, wrote on Twitter. Doubts remain about the extent of the medical emergency that caused the emergency landing around 7pm on Friday.
According to the reconstruction of the El Pais newspaper, the request to stop at Palma de Mallorca came from the crew commander. Upon landing, an airport doctor examined the patient and instructed him to be transferred to the hospital by ambulance. A later medical report “provides evidence that this person is not well,” Calvo said after rumors spread that the man had falsely spread a disease. For the time being, however, the Spanish government spokesman added that the possibility of a self-inflicted diabetes crisis could not be ruled out. Palma Airport resumed operations at 11.30pm on Friday, more than three hours after the passenger flight, after more than 50 flights were delayed or delayed. The plane involved – with about 150 passengers on board – then departed for Istanbul overnight with no survivors.
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