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Schiphol airport security drama false alarm

A passenger plane has been forced to land at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport and boarded by Dutch forces amid fears of a hijacking that proved unfounded.

Dutch F-16 fighters were scrambled to intercept the aircraft, en route from Malaga, Spain. Once it landed at Schiphol it was boarded by armed security forces who discovered the false alarm. A miscommunication between the pilot and the control tower reportedly triggered the confusion.

The airport had already been partially closed after the discovery of what was thought to be a bomb left over from the Second World War.

The BBC's Anna Holligan reports.

  • 29 Aug 2012
  • From the section Europe
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