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SCHIPHOL: Misunderstanding behind ‘hijacked plane’

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The plane on Shiphol. Photo: Telegraaf

BREAKING NEWS (UPDATED). What appears to have been a ‘miscommunication’ between an aircraft and the flight control on Wednesday had Dutch police to believe the airliner in question had been hijacked. As it landed on Amsterdam’s international airport Schiphol, the plane was immediately surrounded by military personell and there were reports at first that the suspected hijacker had taken hostages.

According to some sources, there might have been a misunderstanding between the aircraft and the Schiphol flight control that led the airport’s staff on ground to suspect the aircraft had been hijacked. The suspicions “appear unfounded and a passenger says there is no hostage situation”, Dutch and Spanish media reported Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

Spanish newspaper El Pais cited a spokesperson from the Spanish carrier Vueling as saying there was no hijacking and blaming the incident on a communication problem between the pilot and control tower.

Flight 8366, bound from Málaga to Amsterdam and operated by lowcost airline Vueling, was reported to have 183 passengers onboard.

Flight control lost contact with the pilots over Dutch airspace, and the aircraft was accompanied by two F-16 fighter jets, according the Dutch media.

It was not immediately clear what was going on aboard the plane after it had landed. Eyewitness said people, possibly police, were going on board the plane, which was sealed off with police tape. There eas no panic onboard, according to a passenger who is said to have called relatives from the plan to report that everything “is normal”, the Telegraaf reported.


Earlier on Wednesday, in a separate event, part of the Schiphol Airport was evacuated after workers unearthed a suspected World War II bomb near its main terminal building. Airport spokeswoman Karin Heldeweg says that the airport’s Pier C had been shut down for arriving and departing flights while military bomb disposal experts check the suspected explosive and decide what to do with it.

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