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The Air Arabia Maroc flight, which departed on Friday evening, diverted to Palma de Mallorca after a passenger asked for medical attention, according to Spanish air traffic authorities, per The New York Times.
The passenger, a man who apparently suffered a diabetic coma on the flight, was taken to hospital. He was quickly discharged after doctors found him to be in good health, France 24 reported.
The man was detained on suspicion of faking his illness to "encourage illegal immigration and violate Spanish immigration law," police said.
Another 21 passengers escaped the plane and ran onto the runway, said Aina Calvo, the Spanish government's representative in the Balearic Islands, during a news conference.
She told reporters that 12 people have been detained, and another dozen are still on the run.