Last Updated: Wed Aug 29, 2012 16:51 pm (KSA) 13:51 pm (GMT)

Spain’s Vueling denies reports of hijacked plane to Amsterdam

Spanish airline Vueling denied that one of its planes with 180 passengers aboard was the subject of a hijacking attempt. (Reuters)
Spanish airline Vueling denied that one of its planes with 180 passengers aboard was the subject of a hijacking attempt. (Reuters)

A Spanish airline denied reports on Wednesday of a hijack of one of its flights from Malaga to Amsterdam, saying the incident was due to a mis-communication between the pilot and the control tower.

“The plane approached the airport in an unusual way. This led to a mis-communication between the pilot and the control-tower,” a spokeswoman from Vueling airline said.

Dutch military police said the plane had landed at Schiphol airport. All passengers were on board and the plane was surrounded by security forces. Previously, Dutch website nu.nl reported that the Dutch defense ministry had sent two F-16 fighters to intercept a Vueling airplane thought to be carrying hostages.

A spokesperson for Spain’s Vueling airline said the reports that the plane had been hijacked were due to mis-communication between the pilot and the control tower.

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