A false warning of hijacking from the cockpit opened a major security operation at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on the evening of November 6.
The Associated Press reported from Dutch military police and Spanish airline Air Europa that the false warning had led to emergency forces rushing to the airport. Alarm triggered on an aircraft preparing to fly to Madrid, Spain.
The aircraft of Air Europa with UX1094 number has at least 27 passengers when the alarm is triggered. All other flights at the third busiest airport in Europe had to stop taking off at that time.
“No hijacking happened, all passengers are safe and waiting to fly. We sincerely apologize, ”Air Europa wrote on Twitter.
Willem Schmid, chairman of the Dutch Pilots Association, said there are two ways pilots can alert in case of hijackers. This is via the aircraft radio or entering a code into the transceiver – a device that helps communicate with air traffic controllers.
"Why is the alert triggered and how it is activated, investigate and let us learn from it, so that it does not happen often," Mr Schmid said.