Schiphol Airport on lockdown as airplane ‘hijacked by three men with knives.’
UK Mirror The incident is reportedly taking place on board Air Europa flight UX1094 to Madrid that had been due to take off this evening. Police have swarmed to Schiphol Airport this evening after reports of a suspected hijacking onboard a plane.
There are unconfirmed reports that men armed with knives have attempted to hijack an Air Europa plane that was due to fly to Madrid this evening.
A so-called Grip 3 report has been issued by special forces in the Netherlands, reports De Telegraaf. This happens with ‘an incident or serious event with major consequences for the population’.
Dutch news website NU said the Special Interventions Service has arrived at the scene. Various gates are closed at the airport and passengers are being kept at a distance.
All flights at the airport have been grounded, according to a passenger on a plane that had been due to take off this evening. “There is a suspicious situation and that’s all I can say,” a spokesman for the military police said.
Pete Martin wrote on Twitter: “Stuck on a plane just landed at Schiphol. “We are waiting on the runaway taxing area. Just been told by captain about a serious incident.”
The official Twitter account for the airport wrote: “The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee is currently investigating a situation on board of a plane at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.”