US-bound flight in bomb threat drama

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12 October 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A Dutch local broadcaster said on Tuesday it had received a warning there was a bomb was on board a Chicago-bound plane that departed from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport soon after 11am.

12 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch local broadcaster said on Tuesday it had received a warning there was a bomb was on board a Chicago-bound plane that departed from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport soon after 11am.

RTL Holland said an email warned that the bomb had been placed on a United Airlines/Scandinavian Airlines plane and a United Airlines spokesman said the terror threat was being taken "absolutely seriously".

But the spokesman could not give any information about response efforts. The military police at Schiphol could not comment either, news agency ANP reported.

A United spokeswoman could not immediately confirm whether the airline had decided to carry out an emergency landing, French news agency AFP reported. Flight SK 3909 flew above Ireland at 12.45pm.

The email — suspected to have been sent from Germany — said in English: "Bomb to America". It then said in Dutch: "Flight SK3909 from Amsterdam to Chicago has a bomb for Iraq. America will see. Message for you".

RTV Noord Holland immediately alerted police after receiving the message at about midday.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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