Security alert at Amsterdam airport after hijack alarm triggered by mistake
An airline has apologised for the incident.
An accidental hijack alert coming from an airliner at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport has caused the airport to be evacuated.
Air Europa has said declared the incident a “false alarm” and has apologised to passengers.
Local media said emergency services had been scrambled, a police special operations team was on site and two trauma helicopters were on their way to the airport.
#AirEuropaInfo Falsa Alarma. En el vuelo Ámsterdam - Madrid, esta tarde se activó, por error, un aviso que pone en marcha protocolos sobre secuestros en el aeropuerto. No ha pasado nada, todos los pasajeros se encuentran perfectamente esperando poder volar pronto. Lo lamentamos.
— Air Europa (@AirEuropa) November 6, 2019
The involved aircraft was an Air Europa Airbus A330-200, registered as EC-LQP. The plane was due to take off to Madrid as UX1094, but is thought to have accidentally triggered an alarm that is used in response to hijackings at the airport.
Police and the airport have confirmed that passengers and crew have been evacuated from the Airbus A330, the investigation remains ongoing.
Passengers and crew are safely off board. On-site research is still continuing. https://t.co/hZvl0Dq5ig
— Schiphol (@Schiphol) November 6, 2019