A KLM flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport was delayed on Sunday after American authorities conducting explosive residue swab tests on items on the plane found residue of nitroglycerin, NBC News reports. While nitroglycerin is often used in explosives, it is also used in more every day products such as ointments and to treat coronary disease.
A code yellow weather warning for strong winds is currently in effect for most of the Netherlands. Only Friesland and Groningen are not affected. According to meteorological institute KNMI, the rest of the country can expect gusts of up to 90 kilometers per hour.
This could have consequences for traffic and outside activities, the KNMI warns. "Follow weather forecasts and warnings."
Airline FlyBe is cooperating in an investigation into a crash landing by one of its planes at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam last week. The plane crash landed next to the Schiphol runway on Thursday late afternoon. None of the 59 passengers were injured.
It seems that the plane's landing gear on the right side collapsed when it touched ground. Exactly what happened should be revealed in the investigation. The flight was from Edinburgh, Scotland to Schiphol.
Around midnight meteorological institute KNMI withdrew a code orange weather warning for strong winds triggered by a February storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday. The winds died down somewhat overnight. And while emergency services were busy due to the bad weather, so far the damage caused by the storm seem less severe than expected, NOS reports.
A plane destined for Amsterdam crash landed at the Dutch capital's airport Thursday evening after its right landing gear apparently collapsed. The FlyBe plane departed from Edinburgh, Scotland with 59 people on the aircraft.
The plane wound up next to the runway in the aftermath of the incident. It was not revealed if the rough winds that forced flight cancellations in Thursday had anything to do with the crash. Wind gusts were expected to hit 130 km/h on Thursday.
Videos shared on social media separated to show the plane's propellers striking the ground.
Schiphol airport canceled about 90 flights on Thursday due to the weather conditions, a spokesperson announced. So far there's been no significant delays, but they are expected to increase as the winds intensify and a February storm approaches the Netherlands, the spokesperson said, according to the Volkskrant.
A massive storm is set to hit the Netherlands this afternoon, bringing with it winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour. The windy weather is expected to cause problems with all forms of transport in the country, from motor traffic to planes.
The KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for the entire country. According to the institute gusts of between 75 and 100 km/h can be expected. On the west coast and around the IJsselmeer, winds can reach up to 130 kilometers per hour.
Schiphol advises all travelers to keep an eye on their airline's website for actual flight information, as the windy weather in the Netherlands is causing delays. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for strong winds for Thursday, but this morning a number of flights were already delayed due to the weather.
Last year Schiphol saw the most growth of all major airports in Europe. The number of passengers that traveled through the Amsterdam airport increased by 9.2 percent to almost 64 million, thereby passing the airports in Frankfurt and Istanbul and taking the third spot on the list of Europe's busiest airports, NOS reports.
The top five airports in Europe now are:
Discount airlines may soon offer cheap trans-Atlantic flights from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Budget airline Norwegian plans to start offering long-haul flights from Schiphol by next year, CEO of the airline Bjorn Kjos confirmed to Luchtvaartnieuws.nl.
Schiphol and KLM launched a boarding experiment using a special face recognizing door with which passengers can board a plane without having to show their passport and boarding pass more than once, Aviation Tribune reports.
On Tuesday the court in Haarlem gave the municipality of Haarlemmermeer to ban taxis from Schiphol who do not have a permit for the official taxi stand at the airport, NOS reports.
The Environment and Transport Inspectorate issued a 10 thousand euro fine to a taxi driver at Schiphol airport on Saturday night. He was caught drivng passengers around using someone else's taxi license, Het Parool reports.
This fine was part of a large scale taxi inspection the Inspectorate did at the airport on Saturday. A number of fines were also handed out to taxi drivers who had gone too long without taking a break. To ensure road safety, taxi drivers have to take mandatory rest time.
A faulty direct intercity train left 450 travelers stranded in the HSL tunnel near Rotterdam for about two hours. A technical problem caused the train's lights to go out and it could not travel any further, NU.nl reports.
The train between Rotterdam and Amsterdam left Rotterdam Central Station around 6:00 p.m. with around 450 people on board. The stranded passengers were evacuated from the train starting around 8:00 p.m. They had to cross the tracks to get one one of nine buses, that transported them directly to Schiphol airport.
A computer malfunction in air traffic control at Schiphol on Wednesday morning means that numerous flights are delayed and other are being diverted to other airports. It is unclear how long this problem will last, ANP reports.
"We do not know what caused the problem or how long it will take for the problem to be resolved", a spokesperson said tot he news wire. A backup procedure was implemented which caused delays in arrival. Planes are departing according to schedule, however.
Six Iranians have been stuck in a lounge behind passport control at Schiphol airport since Saturday. They were traveling with KLM from Teheran to the United States when president Donald Trump closed the American borders to people from Iran and six other Muslim countries. When they tried to get on their next flight at Schiphol, they were told they could go no further. They can also not leave the airport because they don't have a visa for the Schengen area, NOS reports.
Dozens of people gathered at Schiphol airport on Sunday to protest against a ban on asylum seekers and people from seven Muslim countries Donald Trump implemented in the United States. They carried signs reading "No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here", "Trump psychopath", "Human rights for ALL" and "Muslim ban is racist, xenophobic, not normal. Rise up". One protester was arrested, RTL Nieuws reports.
Thick fog in the coastal provinces and icy roads in the entire Netherlands triggered meteorological institute KNMI to issue a code yellow weather warning on Monday morning. The weather conditions can hinder all forms of traffic, the KNMI warns.
Visibility may be reduced to less than 200 meters in some places. And slickness may particularly a problem on bridges and viaducts, the institute warns. Motorists are advised to adjust their driving behavior - slow down and keep a safe following distance. Also keep an eye on traffic and weater reports.
On Friday and Saturday the Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested seven suspects in connection with a diamond heist at Schiphol airport in 2005. The seven are suspected of involvement in the hijacking of an armored car carrying 67 million euros worth of diamonds, NOS reports.
The arrests were made in Amsterdam and Valencia, Spain. The suspects are five men and two women. All of them are Dutch.
The Dutch Council of State approved expansion plans for Lelystad Airport. On Wednesday the Council ruled that the objections to the zoning plan for the airport are ungrounded, ANP reports.
The zoning plan states that the airport's runway can be extended from 1,250 meters long to 2,700 meters and from 30 meters wide to 45 meters. This makes the airport suitable for heavier aircraft types, something that is essential for the plans to have Lelystad take over some of Schiphol's traffic.
Problems and delays with train traffic across the Netherlands are expected to last the rest of the day, NS warns. The problems were caused by a massive power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds this morning. Power has largely been restored, but it will take time to get the trains running according to schedule, NOS reports.
The safe detonation of some 30 WWII era bombs will start in a field in Rijsenhout, near Schiphol airport, on Monday. Many explosives are found in the Rijsenhout area as the Germans constructed a mock airfield there during the Second World War to divert attention from Schiphol, Het Parool reports.
A total of 30 bombs were recently found in the area. Four have already been detonated. In the coming weeks explosive experts will set off two more bombs per day. If all goes to plan, the last bomb will be dismantled on January 25th.
The winter weather conditions are causing trouble for passengers. Schiphol airports expects flight delays due to strong winds. And train traffic in the Netherlands already encountered several problems due to snow and icy tracks.
"Due to strong winds, flights from/to Schiphol might be delayed. Check your airline for flight information", Schipphol wrote on Twitter.
Suspected jihadist Lieke S. from Eindhoven was extradited from Bulgaria to the Netherlands. The Koninklijke Marechaussee took her into custody at Schiphol airport on Friday morning, AD reports.
The 33-year-old woman was arrested in Bulgaria on December 23rd, at the request of the Dutch Public Prosecutor. The prosecutor in Den Bosch suspects her of trying to join terrorist organization ISIS in order to take part in the violent struggle in Syria.