Passenger has £1.7MILLION worth of valuables stolen on Emirates flight including cash and a Rolex

  • Mustasa Saci had just landed when he saw that his bag had disappeared
  • Luggage contained US$200,000, a Rolex and a Patek Philippe watch
  • Police are treating the case as theft and an investigation is ongoing

An Emirates passenger who allegedly had HK$2million (£1.7million) worth of cash and luxury valuables stolen from an overhead locker may be the victim of the biggest theft on a flight ever. 

Mustasa Saci, 39, had just landed on a flight from Dubai to Hong Kong on Sunday when he discovered that the carry-on bag, which contained US$200,000 (£136,000) in cash as well as a Rolex and a Patek Philippe watch, had gone.

The theft is among a spate of incidents involving criminals who are posing as passengers on longer flights to find their targets, local media reported.

Mustasa Saci had just landed on a flight from Dubai to Hong Kong on Sunday when he discovered that the carry-on bag was gone (stock image)

Mustasa Saci had just landed on a flight from Dubai to Hong Kong on Sunday when he discovered that the carry-on bag was gone (stock image)

According to the South China Morning Post, some of the criminals are even flying in business class areas to pick out their victims.

Saci, a watch merchant from Turkey who was sitting in economy-class on the flight, informed airline staff following the discovery that his bag was missing and the police were called at around 6am.

A source with knowledge of the investigation told the Post that the total value of the contents of the bag was estimated to be HK$2million.

Police are said to be treating the case as theft and an investigation is ongoing. No arrests have yet been made.

MailOnline Travel has contacted Emirates and Hong Kong Airport Police for comment.

Saci, a watch merchant from Turkey who was sitting in economy-class on the flight, informed airline staff following the discovery that his bag was missing and the police were called to Hong Kong International Airport (pictured) at around 6am

Saci, a watch merchant from Turkey who was sitting in economy-class on the flight, informed airline staff following the discovery that his bag was missing and the police were called to Hong Kong International Airport (pictured) at around 6am

The theft follows a warning by Hong Kong police in January, which urged aeroplane passengers to protect their belongings after holidaymakers were targeted on flights to the city in south-eastern China.

At the time thieves had stolen around £275,000 worth of items, including expensive electronics and bags, from travellers over the space of nine months, according to reports.

In December, passenger Warren Becker said his bag was raided while he was asleep on a South African Airways flight from Johannesburg.

He said his belongings and cash were valued at more than £2,000, although the thieves didn’t bother to take his South African rands or digital camera.

The theft follows a warning by Hong Kong police in January that urged aeroplane passengers to protect their belongings after holidaymakers were targeted on flights to the city in south-eastern China (file photo)

The theft follows a warning by Hong Kong police in January that urged aeroplane passengers to protect their belongings after holidaymakers were targeted on flights to the city in south-eastern China (file photo)

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