Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on lockdown amid 'suspicious situation'

39;Suspicious situation' at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport

Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on lockdown amid 'suspicious situation'

"We are now investigating a suspicious situation aboard an aircraft at Schiphol", said the Marechaussee, a branch of the Dutch military tasked with protecting airports and borders. The details of the situation are still unclear.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told a meeting of his VVD party he may be called away because of the situation at Schiphol, according to the UK's Guardian.

"In a plane (set to fly) from Amsterdam to Madrid tonight an alarm was accidentally activated which set off safety protocols at the airport", it said.

It then soon transpired that the incident was a false alarm and that the pilot had pressed the emergency code by accident.

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Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has reported that an air ambulance is now at the scene.

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The Dutch Royal Military Police and other emergency services flocked to the scene, as rumors of a possible hostage situation spread.

The gendarmerie announced that they were investigating the situation at around 7.30 local time.

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"We will keep you posted".

Media speculation was rife since the alarm was raised. Breaking 911 also reported that the incident was taking place on board Air Europa flight UX1094 to Madrid that had been due to take off this evening.

The airport is still operating but all inbound and outbound flights are delayed and some have been postponed indefinitely.

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