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Pilot accidentally hits hostage alarm, causing lockdown at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport

Pilot accidentally hits hostage alarm, causing lockdown at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport
People speak inside the terminal of Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Netherlands November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Amir Cohen   -   Copyright  AMIR COHEN(Reuters)
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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking/hostage taking alarm in a plane’s cockpit, causing a major security lockdown on Wednesday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, one of Europe’s busiest.

An investigation is underway to determine what went wrong, Dutch military police said.

“In a plane (set to fly) from Amsterdam to Madrid tonight an alarm was accidentally activated which set off safety protocols at the airport,” Spanish-owned Air Europa said. “There was no cause for alarm. All passengers were fine and waiting for the flight to take off.”

It added: “We are sorry. There was no cause for alarm.”

(Reporting by Bart Meijer and Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Lisa Shumaker)

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