American flight turns back to Schiphol in security scare
23 August 2006, AMSTERDAM - A Northwest Airlines flight bound for Bombay returned to Schiphol airport on Wednesday morning, escorted by two F-16 fighter craft, following a security scare.
23 August 2006
AMSTERDAM - A Northwest Airlines flight bound for Bombay returned to Schiphol airport on Wednesday morning, escorted by two F-16 fighter craft, following a security scare.
Police in Amsterdam arrested 12 people and were questioning several others.
A spokeswoman for the Amsterdam airport said the turnaround came at the request of the pilot while over German airspace, for “security reasons".
CNN reported a US government official as saying that some passengers had pulled out mobile phones during the flight and that some appeared to be trying to pass the phones to other passengers.
Northwest said a number of passengers on flight NW0042 had been "acting suspiciously".
Customs have informed the national anti-terrorism coordination agency (NCTb). According to the NCTb, the situation currently does not call for any extra security measures to be put in place.
The two F-16s launched from Leeuwarden air base intercepted the DC10 aircraft with 149 passengers in Dutch airspace and escorted it back to Schiphol, said a spokesman for the Dutch Royal Air Force.
The planes were part of the Quick Reaction Alert (QRA), an air force unit on constant standby that can take off within minutes of an alert to protect Dutch airspace.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news