Bomb threat triggers plane evacuation at Eindhoven Airport; false alarm

An Arkefly jet above the Eindhoven Airport (Picture: Twitter/@Arke)An Arkefly jet above the Eindhoven Airport (Picture: Twitter/@Arke)

A Ryanair flight to Edinburgh in Schotland was evacuated at Eindhoven Airport on Monday night due to a bomb threat. The plane was about to depart when a threatening letter was found. It turned out to be a false alarm.

The Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport security, searched the plane with sniffer dogs. No explosives were found.

According to ANP, the bomb threat was specifically aimed at this Ryanair flight, which was scheduled to take off at 8:10 p.m., but was significantly delayed. It is not yet clear whether the threat was serious. 

Passengers on flights that landed during the investigation, also incurred significant delays. They were not allowed to leave their planes until the Marechaussee released the area. A number of flights were redirected towards Schiphol, according to NOS.