BREAKING: Full alert at Schiphol and mass police deployment, possible plane hijacking at Dutch airport

Emergency services have been rushed to Schiphol airport as a result of what the Marachuessee are calling a “suspicious situation”. According to sources within the military police, it is likely a plane hijacking.

UPDATE 21:08: Air Europa has confirmed that a pilot mistakenly triggered the hijacking alarm and apologised for the incident on Twitter.

UPDATE 20.45: Whatever the situation is, the Dutch military police at Schiphol have signalled that all passengers and crew are safe and not on board anymore.

Authorities became aware of the situation during the boarding of the plane. The pilot of the aircraft would have pressed a hijack alarm button to raise the alarm. About 27 passengers had boarded the aircraft at that point.

NOS reports that Jos van Dongen, a reporter from Zembla, is at Schiphol. According to him, the D pier is cleared and cars with tinted windows drove towards gate D5. He was sent away by the Marechaussee, just like the other travellers.


Situation at Schiphol is still unclear

It’s important to note that official sources haven’t confirmed this news yet, but several reliable sources are calling it a hi-jacking in process:


False alarm at Utrecht Central Station

There was also an alarm at Utrecht Centraal station, but this appears to have been a false alarm: someone set off the fire alarm by accident.

We will continue updating this article as more information emerges from Schiphol.

Feature image: DutchReview/archive

Ailish Lalor
Ailish was born in Sydney, Australia, but grew up by a forest in south-east Ireland, which she has attempted to replace with a living room filled with plants in The Hague. Besides catering to her army of pannenkoekenplantjes, Ailish spends her days convincing her friends that all food is better slightly burnt, plotting ways to hang out with dogs and cats, and of course, writing for DutchReview.


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