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