Plane grounded at Rotterdam following hijack warning
Passengers on board a Transavia plane were grounded for six hours Tuesday due to a telephone threat.27 August 2008
ROTTERDAM -- A Transavia plane was kept on the ground at Rotterdam airport Tuesday for six hours following a hijack warning by telephone.
According to De Telegraaf, the call may have been made by a passenger in the plane who mistrusted other passengers.
The plane with 114 passengers and six crew was held on the airport runway before three passengers were detained. One was later released.
Authorities say they searched the home of the two suspects and have seized evidence. The 31-year-old man and 28-year-old woman from Dordrecht were interrogated overnight. Dutch prosecutors did not elaborate Wednesday on what was found in the home.
The plane was due to fly to Turkey. The passengers say they did not know why they were made to wait so long. Most flew to their destination on a later flight. Two distraught elderly people decided to scrap their travel plans and return home.
[Radio Netherlands / Nicola Chadwick / AP / Expatica]