2003 News Story

Kingdom denies report by U.K. newspaper

Security officials today denied a report in the U.K. newspaper Mail on Sunday quoting Patrick Mercer, security policy chief for the opposition Conservative Party, that Saudi authorities had arrested near Riyadh's King Khaled International Airport two suicide pilots who intended to crash two light aircraft loaded with explosives into a British Airways passenger plane. Neither the British Foreign Office nor British Airways could confirm the report. It is regrettable that it has become customary in certain media outlets to publish such baseless reports .