A major security alert has been declared at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands and some areas have been evacuated, officials and witnesses say. Only few details are available but a large number of emergency services are at the scene.
The incident began at about 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday when emergency services were called for an incident at Schiphol Airport, one of Europe’s busiest airports. Military police said the incident involves a “suspicious situation” on board a plane.
Schiphol airport – Military police called to ‘situation’ after reports ‘three knifemen try to hijack plane’ in Amsterdam
Update 09:32PM ZULU
Air Europa has announced via Twitter that it was a false alarm, mistake made by the pilot (or cabin crew). The aircraft will soon go outbound!
(trans: Situation #Schiphol is normal again, @Marechaussee completes investigation. Impressed by sharp and alert authorities and services; nationally and locally. Compliments given to the mayor Schuurmans-Wijdeven.)
Ferdinand Grapperhaus is the current Minister for Justice and Security of the Netherlands