False alarm triggers police response at Amsterdam airport

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By Doha Madani  with NBC News World News
Image: Amsterdam airport Schiphol, Netherlands
Amsterdam airport Schiphol, Netherlands.   -  Copyright  alexsl

A brief panic occurred at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on Wednesday after a false alarm caused authorities to believe there was a possible hijacking situation.

The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee said it was investigating a "suspicious situation" on an aircraft at about 7:30 p.m. local time. About an hour later both the police and the airport confirmed that passengers and crew members were safely removed from the aircraft.

Air Europa tweeted shortly after to explain that the a warning that activates hijacking protocols was accidentally triggered on a flight from Amsterdam to Madrid.

"Nothing has happened, all passengers are safe and sound waiting to fly soon," the airline said. "We deeply apologize."

Schiphol is the main international airport in the Netherlands. The hub flies to 326 destinations and served 71 million passengers last year, according to its website.