AMSTERDAM AIRPORT, NETHERLANDS – Emergency services have rushed to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. A spokesperson for the Koninklijke Marechaussee (Royal Dutch Military Police) speaks of a “suspicious situation” on board of an aircraft at Schiphol Airport, the third busiest airport in Europe.
It seems to be a hijacking of an aircraft, sources within the Marechaussee report. During boarding, the captain of the aircraft would have pressed the hijack alarm button. It’s unclear whether there is a terrorist motive. 27 passengers would have boarded the aircraft.
According to Jos van Dongen – a Dutch TV reporter from Zembla – special police teams in vehicles with blinded windows were driving with high speed towards gate D5.
It’s unclear at this moment which airline and what type of aircraft is involved.
- The NOS reports that all 27 passengers and crew have evacuated the supposedly hijacked aircraft and are safe.
- Schiphol Airport says there is a regular operation from now on at the Airport.
- The aircraft involved was an Airbus A330 from Air Europa, a Spanish Airline. The aircraft was scheduled to depart Schiphol Airport at 7:10 PM (Local Time) on a flight to Madrid Airport. Air Europa has confirmed that the incident was caused due to a false alarm.
- According to Willem Schmid from the Dutch Pilots Association VNV, there is no such thing as a hijack emergency button. The pilot probably sent the hijack emergency code 7500 accidently with the transponder from the cockpit to air traffic control.
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