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Pilot accidentally hits hostage alarm, causing lockdown at Amsterdam airport

A pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking/hostage-taking alarm in a plane`s cockpit, causing a major security lockdown on Wednesday at Amsterdam`s Schiphol airport, one of Europe`s busiest.

Pilot accidentally hits hostage alarm, causing lockdown at Amsterdam airport

AMSTERDAM: A pilot accidentally triggered a hijacking/hostage-taking alarm in a plane`s cockpit, causing a major security lockdown on Wednesday at Amsterdam`s Schiphol airport, one of Europe`s busiest.

An investigation is underway to determine what went wrong, Dutch military police said.

"In a plane (set to fly) from Amsterdam to Madrid tonight an alarm was accidentally activated which set off safety protocols at the airport," Spanish-owned Air Europa said. 

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"There was no cause for alarm. All the passengers were fine and waiting for the flight to take off."

It added, "We are sorry. There was no cause for alarm."