The plane, belonging to the Romanian airline Legend Airlines, stopped at the small Vatry Airport, about 150 kilometers east of Paris. She was arrested there after an anonymous tip, according to the public prosecutor's office.
According to an anonymous source told Agence France-Presse, the passengers are likely to be migrant workers from the United Arab Emirates. They are said to be on their way to Nicaragua, and from there to travel illegally to the United States or Canada.
Passengers and employees are being questioned. The airport is closed to spectators on Friday evening. A crisis cell has also been opened and Indians are receiving consular assistance. In addition, the authorities of the La Marne department, where Vatry Airport is located, have made arrangements to accommodate passengers. This was reported by the French channel BFMTV. Beds were provided and a crisis center was established.
French law stipulates that border police can detain air travelers who are refused entry into the country of destination for a maximum of four days. The judge can extend this for a week or two, for exceptional reasons.
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