NEWS Hijack alert sees Turkish plane’s jet escort

A Turkish Airlines pilot’s mistaken activation of a hijack alarm triggered a high-octane security deployment at Vienna airport on Friday, Austrian police said.

The error — coupled with a depressurization warning and then unexplained radio silence from the cockpit — led to two jet fighters being scrambled to escort the Boeing 737 to land at Vienna’s Schwechat airport.

The passenger plane had been flying from Frankfurt to Istanbul when panicked passengers saw oxygen masks fall from the ceiling after it was hit by a pressurization problem.