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article imageF16s escort plane, officials say 'hijacking' a miscommunication

By Anne Sewell     Aug 29, 2012 in World
Amsterdam - Confusion spread across Europe today after Spanish media reported a plane traveling from Málaga to Amsterdam may have been hijacked. The plane was escorted by F16 fighter jets to Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and was surrounded by police.
The Dutch Defense Ministry reportedly sent two F-16 fighters to intercept the aircraft and escort it to Amsterdam.
Dutch military police said the plane, belonging to the Spanish airline Vueling, was surrounded by security forces in Schiphol airport while passengers were still on board.
Officials initially believed the plane had been hijacked and the passengers on board were being held as hostages.
However, a spokesperson for Vueling airline denied that one of its aircraft which took off in Málaga, Spain, had been hijacked.
According to the company, the information about the hijacking emerged as a result of a miscommunication between the pilot and the control tower.
The pilot told Spanish news service lne.es that he had not noticed anything strange during the flight.
Flight No. VY8366 was carrying 183 passengers between Málaga and Amsterdam.
This marks the second incident in one day at the airport, as earlier in the day a section of the Schiphol Airport was evacuated after suspected World War II bombs were found.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport entrance
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport entrance
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