Palma Airport has been closed due to “security concerns.”
An Air Arabia flight its route from Morocco to Turkey made an emergency stop in Palma, according to airport sources, because a passenger with diabetes required immediate medical attention.
Several Moroccan passengers ran down the steps and across the runway as Emergency Services officials were removing the patient from the plane.
Louisa Louby Foster, a Palma resident, was on a plane about to take off when the incident occurred.
“We’ve been told that when a passenger who was ill was taken off the plane, about 24 Moroccans made a run for it and they’re now hiding under planes all over the airport and it’s difficult for the Police to find them because it’s dark,” she told the Bulletin. “We are stuck here on the runway because they won’t allow any planes to take off in case people are hiding under the wheels.”
One person has been arrested and Police are searching for the others.
All planes have been grounded at Palma Airport, and incoming flights have been redirected to Ibiza and other destinations. The airport will remain closed until the missing passengers have been identified.