Hi­jack scare on New Delhi-Kan­da­har flight

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A hi­jack scare on a Kan­da­har-bound flight sent se­cu­rity of­fi­cials at the Delhi air­port into a tizzy on Satur­day, af­ter the pi­lot "mis­tak­enly" pressed the ‘hi­jack but­ton’ when it was taxi­ing for take-off, sources said. The Ari­ana Afghan Air­lines plane took off nearly two hours later af­ter "sat­is­fac­tory" se­cu­rity checks, they said. While there was no im­me­di­ate official re­ac­tion, sources said the press­ing of the hi­jack but­ton had pushed all agen­cies con­cerned, in­clud­ing the an­titer­ror force Na­tional Se­cu­rity Guard, into ac­tion. Of­fi­cials re­sponded to the sit­u­a­tion swiftly and sur­rounded the air­craft.

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