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US passenger jet turned around

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posted on Aug, 23 2006 @ 08:29 AM
A US passenger jet was en route to Bombay and for an undisclosed reason was turned around over Germany. It returned to it's place of origin, Amsterdam, escorted by Dutch F-16s.
No details have been given about why this decision was made.

An airport police spokesman said a number of people on the Northwest Airlines flight were being questioned, but added there had been no arrests.

"A certain number of passengers are being heard as witnesses to get a clearer picture of what happened," Rik Hirs said.

The office of the national terrorism co-ordinator has been informed of the incident, but said there was no reason to upgrade the country's terror alert level.

"It is the same as it was before - light threat," spokeswoman Judith Sluiter said.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

This is a story that could certainly go either way. A bomb/hijacking threat that turns out to be false, or a legitimate threat that was correctly handled. We'll have to wait and see, and it will certainly get wide coverage today on the 24 hour news channels. What's interesting about the story is it was a US passenger jet flying from Amsterdam to Bombay. Does anyone know what the airport security is like in Amsterdam? Taking down a US passenger jet would be a victory for the bad guys, whether it was full of Americans or not, so maybe the terrorists are changing their methods somewhat and targeting US property overseas (which isn't really a forward change, but more of a fall back to older tactics.) Could this, and the recent British flight scares, be a sign that they've given up on trying to attack on US soil, but are going for the next best thing and attacking US property.

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posted on Aug, 23 2006 @ 08:36 AM
I've flown in and out of Schiphol several times, and their security seems pretty good to me. The last time I flew out of there back to NYC, they really gave me the third degree questioning me about everything I did on my trip, who I stayed with, etc.

[edit on 8/23/2006 by djohnsto77]

posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 05:47 PM
hear is an update to this story

Reuters article

The short vershen is all the people arrested are being relised.
It was determined that no intent of terror was going to happen.

Mod Edit: Fixed long link.

[edit on 24-8-2006 by TheBandit795]

posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 06:06 PM
In other words...

More crap. I have a feeling nothing happens at all on these airplanes, they're just told to turn around so they can broadcast the news on tv and give us our daily dose of terror in the skies.

posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 08:51 PM
As sad as this may sound I actually wouldn't be too mad. Although it has nothing to do with security, I'd just like to fly along side a pair of F-16's.

posted on Aug, 24 2006 @ 08:58 PM
Btw... There was no terrorist threat or plot on that airplane. The Dutch government has given that statement. All of those questioned have been released.

posted on Aug, 25 2006 @ 08:32 AM
Of course there was no terror threat.

Is there ever???

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