A pregnant woman had purportedly faked being in labour on board a flight from Morocco to Istanbul, forcing an emergency landing at the Josep Tarradellas Barcelona-El Prat Airport, according to CBS News.
14 passengers then fled the plane after it landed in Barcelona, and the Spanish police are currently in the midst of searching for them.
The Catalonia authorities said that the incident took place on board a Pegasus Airlines flight from Casablanca Morocco to Istanbul, and there were 228 passengers on board at the time.
Officials said that 27 passengers left the plane without authorization and tried to “flee” upon the emergency landing, with the police stopping 13 of them.
The other 14 passengers who managed to escape, had eluded the airport and remain at large.
The pregnant woman who faked being in labour, has since been detained on charges of public disorder after she was determined by doctors at a hospital that she was not about to give birth.
Of the 13 passengers who were stopped by the police, 5 of them agreed to return to the plane and resume their flight to Istanbul while the other 8 were processed for non-admission into Spain.