Passengers and crew are now reportedly safe and sound following the possible hijacking of a plane at Schiphol airport.
UPDATE 21:08: Air Europa have confirmed that a pilot mistakenly triggered the hijacking alarm and apologised for the incident on Twitter.
#AirEuropaInfo 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.
— Air Europa (@AirEuropa) November 6, 2019
What a relief! Police and emergency services are still trying to figure out what went on when the pilot pressed the hijacking alarm button earlier this evening. The event took place while passengers were boarding, with 27 being on board at the time of the hijacking.
Passagiers en crew veilig van boord. Onderzoek ter plaatse duurt nog voort.
— Koninklijke Marechaussee (@Marechaussee) November 6, 2019
Emergency services were called to Schiphol earlier this evening to deal with the situation.
Passengers and crew are safely off board. On-site research is still continuing. https://t.co/hZvl0Dq5ig
— Schiphol (@Schiphol) November 6, 2019
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