Hijack alert for Delhi - Kandahar flight in India, NSG Commandos take over

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Hijack alert for Delhi - Kandahar flight in India, NSG Commandos take over

NEW DELHI - A hijack scare on a Kandahar-bound flight was created in India.

The pilot "mistakenly" pressed the 'hijack button' when it was taxiing for take-off, officials said.

The Ariana Afghan Airlines plane, with nine crew members and 124 passengers and an infant, took off nearly two hours later after "satisfactory" security checks, they said.

The officials said the pressing of 'hijack button' had pushed all agencies concerned, including the anti-terror force National Security Guard (NSG), into action.

NSG link commandos and officials of other agencies swiftly responded to the situation and surrounded the aircraft, they said.

After a two-hour operation that created panic among the passengers on board the aircraft, the plane was cleared for take-off, they said.