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False alarm over 'hijack' scare at Dutch airport


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False alarm over 'hijack' scare at Dutch airport

Dutch fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Spanish airliner over fears it had been hijacked – but it turned out to be a false alarm.

Police said there had been no communication at all between the pilot and the control tower.

When the plane landed at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport it was surrounded by security forces and a negotiator was sent to speak to the crew.

The plane, operated by the airline Vueling, had flown from Malaga with 180 passengers.

They remained on board for hours while it was searched before being allowed to disembark.

A spokesman for Vueling said there was never any danger.

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