Spaniard appears in court on bomb hoax charge

10th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

10 April 2006, THE HAGUE — A Spaniard was due to appear in court in the Netherlands in connection with a bomb hoax on a Madrid-bound flight from Amsterdam.

10 April 2006

THE HAGUE — A Spaniard was due to appear in court in the Netherlands in connection with a bomb hoax on a Madrid-bound flight from Amsterdam.

Dutch police found no explosives on board an Iberia plane that turned back to Amsterdam after a passenger said he had brought a bomb on board.

"We have searched the entire aircraft with trained dogs and there are no munitions or explosives in the vehicle or the baggage," police Capt. Erik Vermeulen told EFE.

He said that the passenger who mentioned the bomb "will remain in custody during the weekend".

The officer declined to disclose the passenger's identity or speculate on his motives, but the Dutch news agency ANP cited sources at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport as saying that the man who made the threat is a Spanish national.

The other 155 people aboard Iberia flight IB-3251 were being offered psychological counselling after "the severe shock" occasioned by the incident, Vermeulen said.

He added, however, that none of the passengers or crew members experienced panic or suffered any injuries in the course of the emergency evacuation carried out once the plane returned to the Dutch airport.

The Airbus A-320 was about 10 minutes out from Schiphol en route to Madrid when the passenger announced he had brought a bomb aboard, prompting the pilot to head back to Amsterdam.

Vermeulen said the returning plane was directed to an isolated part of the airfield for the evacuation of the passengers and subsequent search for explosives.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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