Airport’s hijack and bomb scare

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PASSENGERS flying into the region faced delays after a bomb was found at Amsterdam airport.

Part of Amsterdam’s Schipol Airport was evacuated yesterday after staff discovered a suspected Second World War bomb near its main terminal building.

Schiphol’s Pier C was closed for arriving and departing flights as military bomb disposal experts checked the suspected explosive.

Those travelling to Newcastle International Airport on the KLM 11.15am flight were among the first to be affected.

It led to passengers on the flight not landing in the North East until after noon.

Later on, an airliner at the centre of a mistaken hijack alert was escorted into land at the airport by two military fighters.

Initially, it was thought the plane had been taken over en route from Malaga in Spain to the Amsterdam airport.

The plane, said to be from airline Vueling, was escorted to Schipol by two F16 fighter jets scrambled from the Netherlands.

Later reports said there had been a communication mix-up and it had not been hijacked.