Five Syrians accused of “terrorising” the EgyptAir flight which made an emergency landing in Glasgow last week are seeking asylum in Scotland, the state-owned news agency Al-Ahram reported on Thursday. The comment was made by EgyptAir’s head of security, Major General Magdi Alwan.
According to Alwan, Scottish authorities have denied the request for asylum, pending investigation into the incident which grounded the Egypt Air flight 985 on 15 June.
The Cairo-New York flight had been underway with 303 passengers, when, according to Al-Ahram, a “threatening message” was found in one of the toilets, prompting the pilot to land at Glasgow Prestwick, the nearest airport.
The remaining passengers have been released and have continued on their journey, while the five Syrians remain in Scotland pending investigation.