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.
Flights from Schiphol to Barcelona departed again on Tuesday morning, after many flights to the Catalan city were canceled on Monday evening due to unrest. At 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, a Transavia flight departed from Schiphol to Barcelona, followed by a Veuling flight an hour later. Other flights to the Spanish city for Tuesday are all still on schedule, according to the Schiphol website.
A 66-year-old Dutch man is missing in the Spanish province of Alicante. He fell into a drainage canal in a flooded area of the municipality of Dolores on Sunday afternoon and was dragged away by the water. A 57-year-old Dutch man died after falling 20 meters from a cliff on the Spanish island of Majorca.
The missing man was vacationing in Alicante, NOS reports. His family reported the accident to the local police, which launched a search involving divers, boats and a helicopter. The man had not been found by nightfall, when the search was halted.
The Spanish police arrested a 36-year-old Dutch man near the city of Malaga on suspicion that he ordered multiple murders in the Netherlands. Two of the murders were actually committed in 2017, the others were prevented, according to the local police, NU.nl reports.
A spokesperson for the Public Prosecution Service in The Hague confirmed to NU.nl that it issued an arrest warrant, and that a Dutch person was arrested in Spain as part of an ongoing investigation. Further details about his identity and what crimes he is suspected of, the Prosecutor could not share yet.
A Dutch couple was arrested in Spain on Saturday for illegal possession of weapons of war, the Spanish police said on Friday. During a check at the border between Spain and France, the Spanish police found an arsenal of "extremely dangerous" weapons in the couple's van, the police said, AD reports.
A 25-year-old Dutch woman was gang raped in Spain over the weekend, she reported to the police. She is currently receiving psychological aid. "She is doing well medically, but it is a terrible event with great emotional impact", a police spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.
The Spanish police arrested a 40-year-old Dutch man in Marbella who was wanted for assault. He tried to avoid his arrest by posing as a diplomat from the Central African Republic, the Telegraaf reports.
The police confronted the man because he matched the description of a Dutch man who was wanted for assault. The man presented a document that looked like a diplomatic passport from the Central African Republic, saying that he could not be arrested because he has diplomatic immunity.
Closer inspection showed that the passport was fake.
Dewi de Koster, a 21-year-old man from Haarlem, died after a night out in the popular Spanish party town of Lloret de Mar. The Dutch man was found unconscious in the street with severe head injuries during the early hours of Saturday morning. He succumbed to his injuries in a hospital in Barcelona a few days later. His family is desperate to know what happened, his sister Amy Moison said to the Telegraaf.
A serious traffic accident between a Dutch and a Belgian car in Spain left three people dead on Sunday. The victims are a 61-year-old Dutch man, a 25-year-old Belgian man, and a 2-year-old Belgian child. Three others were seriously injured, newspaper AD reports based on reports in local media.
The accident happened just after 3:00 p.m. at the intersection of the AP-7 and AP-70 highways near Alicante, about a kilometer away from a toll booth. The two vehicles collided with each other for unclear reasons.
In four of the five most popular holiday destinations for Dutch tourists, food is more expensive than in the Netherlands. Only in Spain will Dutch pay less for groceries than at home, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
The Spanish police busted a large network of drug smugglers. A total of 17 people were arrested, including a 61-year-old Dutch-Turkish man described as the "heroin king". Sadullah U. is suspected of being the network's biggest supplier, ANP reports.
U. is considered one of the largest heroin traders in Europe. He had 7 kilograms of the drug hidden in his car when he was arrested in the Spanish city of Pontevedra. The Dutch man reportedly doesn't have a cell phone and basically lives in his car, with which he travels great distances every day.
Two Dutch women were hit by a car near the Spanish village of Fresno del Camino on Sunday morning. A 63-year-old woman from Utrecht died in hospital. Her 67-year-old friend is in critical condition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed to NOS after reports in Spanish media.
The accident happened on the hiking route to the popular pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela. The two women were walking through the city of Leon. They were hit by the car at a tunnel near Fresno del Camino, according to the broadcaster.
The massive carcass of a whale was found in the Vlissingen port on Friday morning, according to non profit group SOS Dolfijn. When pulled from the water, the whale was measured at 15 meters in length, reported Omroep Zeeland.
The fin whale was believed to be a young male, which are capable of growing to a length of 24 meters, according to the WWF. It was found along the bulbous bow of a ship, though it is not clear what caused the whale’s death.
A fugitive Dutch man was arrested in Spain on Wednesday. 71-year-old Leonardus 'Lei' B. was sentenced to life in prison by a Belgian court earlier this month for the murder of his ex-wife ten years ago, RTL Nieuws reports.
In December 2009 B. shot and killed his ex-wife Josee Widdershoven in Vucht out of frustration about their divorce. He then fled. After managing to avoid the authorities for years, the Sittard-born man was finally arrested in Calpe, Spain on Wednesday.
A Dutch man was arrested in Spain on the suspicion that he was planning to have his ex-wife killed. He was caught out when his minor daughter found his plans for the murder on her smartphone, and warned her mother, RTL Nieuws reports.
Around 40 police officers intervened in a healing ceremony in a home on Nieuwstraat in Eersel, Noord-Brabant, on Wednesday evening. A few weeks ago a 31-year-old man from Hungary died after participating in a similar ceremony. Four people were arrested on Wednesday, the Telegraaf reports.
A total of 16 people attended the healing ceremony. The attendees who were not arrested, were taken to another location.
A Dutch father and his two sons were arrested in Belgium and Spain over the past weeks for smuggling 3,300 kilograms of cocaine into the Netherlands through the port of Antwerp. The cocaine was seized in a warehouse in Hazeldonk in January 2017. All three suspects have been extradited to the Netherlands and are in custody, the police said in a statement.
The Spanish police rescued an elderly Dutch woman and German man from what the police describe as a "horror nursing home" near the city of Cadiz. The two elderly people were locked up with at least five other foreign seniors in the nursing home, where they were drugged, abused and given food exclusively through tube feeding, while they could eat normally, NOS reports.
Six people were arrested on suspicion of defrauding the elderly. According to the Spanish police, they stole over 1.8 million euros from their victims.
Three skeletons were found during archeological excavations in Den Bosch. The skeletons are believed to be soldiers who died during the siege of the city in the Eighty Years' War in the 17th century. Two skeletons were excavated during the past few days. The third skeleton is in the process of being excavated on Thursday, NOS reports.
An 8-year-old boy who was kidnapped by his father in Eindhoven in June, was found in Barcelona. The child is currently in the care of the Spanish foster system while awaiting his return to the Netherlands. One suspect was arrested, NU.nl reports.
The boy's father is still nowhere to be found, the Spanish police and Dutch Public Prosecutor reported. The child was found in a home in Spain with someone else. This person was arrested.
The Public Prosecutor in Spain will demand four years in prison against 17-year-old Dutch teen Charly T. for the sexual abuse of two underage British girls. T. has been in custody in Spain since August last year, after the two girls accused him of getting them drunk and sexually abusing them. When he will stand trial is not yet clear, NOS reports.
A Transavia pilot decided to make an emergency landing on Monday to get an aggressive passenger off the aircraft. Video taken inside the cabin of Transavia flight HV 6215 shows a struggle between several men near the cockpit, with several punches being thrown.
A 17-year-old boy from Noord-Holland has been in custody in Spain for four months. Two underage British girls accused him of sexual assault, but no official charges have yet been filed against Charly T. The teenager himself denies the girls' accusations, AD reports.
"The Spanish judiciary is pretending I had a terrible Master Plan to get two underage girls drunk and then sexually abuse them. But that is not so. I am not a serious criminal", T. said in a telephone interview with Nieuws en Co on NPO Radio 1.
A Dutch man arrested in Salou, Spain on Monday was not planning a terrorist attack, but seems to be struggling with mental health problems. 29-year-old Khalid M.'s disorderly behavior had the Catalan police worried, but in the end there was no terrorist threat, ANP reports.