CAIRO: An Egyptian plane held at Malmö Airport in Sweden for three days on suspicions it was transporting illegal Syrian immigrants, returned to Egypt Friday night, Youm7 reported.
The plane was stopped shortly after its arrival in Sweden due to forged entry visas found with its Syrian passengers, who promptly requested asylum once they arrived in Malmö.
Pilot Roshdy Zakaria, chairman of the Smart Company for Private Planes operating the flight, said in statements that the planes’ two pilots were released after Swedish authorities determined the Egyptian crew had no connection with the Syrians seeking asylum.
He added that the company is not responsible for reviewing passengers’ legal papers, and that that responsibility lies with security entities.
Ashraf Abu Al-Yousr, one of the briefly detained pilots, said according to statements reported by Youm7 that during the three days in Sweden, they were banned from leaving, but no one mistreated them in anyway and the Syrian citizens were allowed by the Swedish authorities to take asylum.