icon bookmark-bicon bookmarkicon cameraicon checkicon chevron downicon chevron lefticon chevron righticon chevron upicon closeicon v-compressicon downloadicon editicon v-expandicon fbicon fileicon filtericon flag ruicon full chevron downicon full chevron lefticon full chevron righticon full chevron upicon gpicon insicon mailicon moveicon-musicicon mutedicon nomutedicon okicon v-pauseicon v-playicon searchicon shareicon sign inicon sign upicon stepbackicon stepforicon swipe downicon tagicon tagsicon tgicon trashicon twicon vkicon yticon wticon fm

'Miscommunication' sparks plane hijack alert, Dutch F-16 scrambled

'Miscommunication' sparks plane hijack alert, Dutch F-16 scrambled
The Dutch military police have allayed fears that a passenger plane en route to Amsterdam from Malaga, Spain, has been hijacked, saying miscommunication between the pilot and Air Traffic Control was to blame for the panic.

Earlier, reports of a possible hijacking spread through the media and social networks. The Dutch defense ministry sent F-16 fighter jets to safely escort the plane, with 183 people on board, to ground. The National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security told reporters military police would determine what was happening after boarding the plane. "Because of the loss of radio contact with the aircraft we escorted the plane to Schiphol airport with F-16 jets. The case is now in the hands  of the military police." According to local media, the passengers were taken from the plane by bus and a SWAT team came onboard to secure the plane. "We first realized something was wrong when we started circling above Rotterdam over and over, and the captain told us there was some problem in Schiphol. We spent about four hours on the ground after arriving," said one of the passengers on board the plane. A spokesperson from Spain's Vueling airline also said the hijack report was due to miscommunication between the pilot and control tower at Schiphol.It is possible the plane had some problems with the transponder responsible for communications with the ATC. Some have suggested that the pilot could have accidentally selected the wrong transponder code, setting it to 7500, which is the international code for 'aircraft hijacking'. This was the second security incident in Schiphol Airport in less that 24 hours. Earlier, parts of the airport were evacuated after a WWII bomb was found by workers. Some flights were cancelled and many more delayed, as work to safely remove the bomb continues.

Dear readers and commenters,

We have implemented a new engine for our comment section. We hope the transition goes smoothly for all of you. Unfortunately, the comments made before the change have been lost due to a technical problem. We are working on restoring them, and hoping to see you fill up the comment section with new ones. You should still be able to log in to comment using your social-media profiles, but if you signed up under an RT profile before, you are invited to create a new profile with the new commenting system.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and looking forward to your future comments,

RT Team.