The pilot of Air Europa flight 1094, which caused a massive fuss at Schiphol Airport on Wednesday evening when the pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking alarm, apologized to the passengers of the heavily delayed flight when it finally departed, according to a video one passenger recorded of the apology and posted on Twitter.
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 Dutch military Apache helicopter was deployed to check on a small aircraft from Switzerland on Tuesday morning after the plane sent a hijacking alarm while flying over Noord-Brabant. The Defense helicopter from Gilze-Rijen air base guided the plane into landing at Breda Airport, Omroep Brabant reports.
It turned out to be a false alarm - there was a problem with the plane's radio. "The pilot switched to he wrong frequency", a spokesperson for Gilze-Rijen said to the broadcaster. "There was no radio contact for several minutes, which could mean that the plane was hijacked."