To prevent unrest, the authorities must thoroughly investigate how an Air Europa pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking alarm at Schiphol on Wednesday evening, according to Dutch pilots' association VNV. Chairman Willem Schmid is confused about how it could have happened - multiple actions are needed to send such a signal from the cockpit, he said to AD.
A man died in a shooting on Putsebocht in Rotterdam-Zuid on Wednesday night. The police are looking for the perpetrators. The circumstances around the shooting are not yet clear.
The shooting happened at around 10:30 p.m. First responders tried to resuscitate the victim, but it was to no avail. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
Witnesses told newspaper AD that the man was sitting in a gray Opel Astra when someone fired six to eight shots at him. Another witness saw a man dressed in dark clothes running away.
A massive response to an aircraft boarding at Schiphol Airport on Wednesday evening turned out to be a false alarm, according to the airline involved. The crew of an Air Europa flight to Madrid had already boarded 27 passengers when a pilot accidentally pressed the emergency distress button in the cockpit at about 6:45 p.m., the airline said.
A large contingent of authorities and officers were dispatched to the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Wednesday night because of an incident on an aircraft. "We are currently 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 incident was a false alarm, according to airline Air Europa.
The authorities seized a total of 1,550 kilograms of cocaine in two shipments destined for Vlissingen at the port of Rotterdam in October. In both cases the drugs were hidden in banana shipments from Ecuador, the Public Prosecution Service said on its website.
A man responsible for a fatal accident on the A2 highway near Breukelen last month, previously caused at least three other accidents. Two people and the 38-year-old man from Vianen himself were killed in the accident last month. The man suffered from epileptic seizures and his licenses should have been revoked, the newspaper writes.
Lawyer Philippe Schol was walking his dog some 50 meters from his home on Lossersestraße in Gronau when he was shot by persons in a passing car at around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning. The victim told neighbors who rushed to help him that he was shot by two men he knows and that they were driving a Volkswagen Polo, the neighbors told newspaper AD.
The number of marriages that last 50 or 60 years in the Netherlands is increasing. More couples celebrated their gold and diamond anniversaries last year, thanks to the high number of marriages in the 60s and 70s combined with the increasing life expectancy, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
The number of ruby or emerald (40 years), silver (25 years) and copper (12.5 years) wedding anniversaries, on the other hand, are decreasing. According to the stats office, this has to do with fewer marriages and more divorces after the 1970s.
A nurse was stabbed at a mental healthcare institution in Castricum on Tuesday evening. He was taken to hospital with unknown injuries, but in a stable condition, the police said in a statement. A 40-year-old man from Amsterdam was arrested as a suspect a short time after the stabbing.
The police responded to the institution on Oude Parklaan at around 8:40 p.m. At the scene they found that the suspect had fled in the direction of the train station. The 40-year-old Amsterdam man was arrested on Kramersweg and taken to a police station for questioning.
A lawyer from Enschede was injured in a shooting in Gronau, just across the border in Germany near the Twente village of Glane, on Wednesday morning. He was walking in the street when he was shot at from a moving car. The lawyer was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, AD reports.
The police assume this was a targeted action against the lawyer. "There must be a relationship between perpetrator and victim", a police spokesperson said to AD. The man was conscious and able to communicate with first responders, the spokesperson said.
The Netherlands is still locking child asylum seekers up in detention centers, according to research by UNICEF. Last year the Netherlands held 210 children in detention centers, some of them for up to 82 days. 900 children who applied for asylum in the Netherlands were sent back to their country of origin or another European Union country last year, RTL Nieuws reports.
Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven of Education, Culture and Science wants to make sure World War II heritage remains protected and remembered. She therefore started the process of turning the Waalsdorpervlakte and the Oranjehotel into national monuments. She is also pushing 2.5 million euros into protecting Jewish heritage.