Jordan airline debunks 'plane hijacking' video

Jordan airline debunks 'plane hijacking' video
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13 June, 2022
A video of passengers attempting to storm a plane's cockpit went viral in Jordan on Saturday, but the company said the footage was months-old and not of a hijacking.
Jordan Aviation issued a statement about a video showing an attempt to storm the cockpit of one of its flights. [Joel Guay/Shodanphotos/Getty]

A Jordanian airline company this weekend debunked a video showing a group of people trying to storm the cockpit of one of its planes.

Jordan Aviation said the video, which went viral on social media, was actually filmed months ago on a flight between Nigeria and Saudi Arabia and did not depict a hijacking, as many had suggested.

The company said that passengers refused to disembark at the designated arrival airport in Nigeria and some had tried to enter the cockpit to speak with the pilot. 

"The passengers tried to reach the cockpit to speak with the flight captain, which is prohibited, and the security guard affiliated with the security and protection unit accompanying the flight did not allow it," Jordan Aviation wrote on Twitter. 

The statement concluded with Jordan Aviation saying it would "prosecute" anyone who tried to "harm its reputation by fabricating rumours".

The company did not provide further details on the video, or other details on the incident.

Article 11 of the Jordanian cybercrime law allows individuals to file defamation complaints based on social media posts. Several Jordanian journalists have recently been arrested on such grounds.

Jordan Aviation was launched in 1998 and is the first privately-owned carrier in Jordan and focuses on regional flights.

The company said it had recently been contracted to operate flights from Nigeria.