Amsterdam airport put on hijack lock down 'by mistake'November 6, 2019
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport was put on lock down this evening after a hijacking warning was triggered ‘by mistake’.
Air Europa say reports of a ‘suspicious situation’ on board a flight were in fact activated by a ‘false alarm’.
The Dutch public broadcaster NOS said emergency services arrived en masse earlier this evening to a ‘possible hijacking’ situation.
But Air Europa have now tweeted: ‘False Alarm. In the flight Amsterdam – Madrid, this afternoon was activated, by mistake, a warning that triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport.
‘Nothing has happened, all passengers are safe and sound waiting to fly soon. We deeply apologize.’
Dutch Police had earlier confirmed that passengers and crew were safely off the aircraft and that an investigation was ongoing.
Citing unnamed sources, NOS said the captain of the aircraft pressed the alarm button to suggest that a ‘hijacking is in progress’.
NOS said 27 were on passengers on board the flight at the time.
Earlier, the airport had tweeted: ‘The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee [military police] is currently investigating a situation on board of a plane at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.’
Reports online said the plane was an Air Europa craft bound for Madrid at D Gate.
Emergency services had earlier issued a Grip-3 report – meaning an incident or serious event with major consequences to a local population – De Telegraaf reported.
Schiphol is one of Europe’s busiest airports with more than 70 million passengers passing through it each year.
Social media reports of ‘two or three men with knives’ appear to have been false.
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