CAPTAIN APOLOGIZES TO PASSENGERS AFTER ACCIDENTLY ACTIVATING HIJACK ALARM AT AMSTERDAM AIRPORT
AMSTERDAM AIRPORT, NETHERLANDS – A remarkable incident happened at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS) last Wednesday, which would result in special (military) police teams rushing towards the gate and many delayed flights at Europe’s third-busiest airport. The captain accidently sent a Hijacking Alarm to Schiphol’s ATC.
The pilot of an Air Europa A330 was instructing the co-pilot how to use and activate the aircraft hijacking alarm, when he accidently did activate the alarm – shortly after 6:00 PM (Local Time) – and had sent the aircraft hijacking code 7500 to ATC, which resulted in many delayed flights departing Schiphol Airport Wednesday evening.
The pilots and cabin crew were preparing for the flight back to Madrid in Spain and 27 passengers already boarded the aircraft after it had landed at 5:34 PM and was scheduled to depart Schiphol Airport at 7:10 PM. Instead, due to the delay, the Air Europa A330 departed from Schiphol Airport at 11.28 PM.
The Captain of the Spanish airline apologized for the unfortunate delay.
(Head image: from Alberto Santos B video)