November 6, 2019 / 7:22 PM / 9 days ago

Pilot accidentally hits hostage alarm, causing lockdown at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport

People look on and walk next to a flights information board inside the terminal of Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, Netherlands November 6, 2019 REUTERS/Amir Cohen

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking/hostage taking alarm in a plane’s cockpit, causing a major security lockdown on Wednesday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, one of Europe’s busiest.

An investigation is underway to determine what went wrong, Dutch military police said.

“In a plane (set to fly) from Amsterdam to Madrid tonight an alarm was accidentally activated which set off safety protocols at the airport,” Spanish-owned Air Europa said. “There was no cause for alarm. All passengers were fine and waiting for the flight to take off.”

It added: “We are sorry. There was no cause for alarm.”

Reporting by Bart Meijer and Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Mark Heinrich and Lisa Shumaker

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