Plane returns to Britain after bomb threat hoax
1 October 2004, AMSTERDAM — The British Airways plane which was escorted by F-16 fighter jets to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport due to a bomb scare on Thursday has returned to Britain after no explosives were found.
1 October 2004
AMSTERDAM — The British Airways plane which was escorted by F-16 fighter jets to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport due to a bomb scare on Thursday has returned to Britain after no explosives were found.
British Airways decided to fly home the empty Airbus A319 late on Thursday. The 118 passengers were flown to London earlier on a relief plane six hours after the unscheduled landing at Schiphol.
Flight 983 from Berlin was on route from Berlin to London's Heathrow Airport. It was above the Netherlands when a Dutch television station received a call warning there was a bomb onboard.
Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled to escort it to the runway at Schiphol and it landed safely at 1.56pm local time. Military police officers gave the all clear after searching the plane and questioning the crew.
"It's all over. It was a hoax," a police commander said.
This is the third time in a week that a large passenger plane has been forced to make an unscheduled landing due to terror threats.
Two Greek Olympic planes flying from Athens to New York were diverted to Britain and Ireland respectively in recent days. Both cases turned out to be hoaxes.
On Wednesday, an Algerian man wielding an axe attacked the pilot and co-pilot of a small Norwegian plane as it was about to land. Though covered in blood, the pilot landed the plane safely.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news