Update – Plane was not Hijacked en Route to Amsterdam: Confusion Caused by Communication Problem
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August 29th, 2012
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The Dutch military reports that a Vueling passsenger flight from Malaga, Spain, to Amsterdam, has been hijacked. VY Flight 8366 has 183 passengers on board.
The plane was escorted by two F-16 fighter jets and is on the ground at the Amsterdam airport, but the passengers are being held hostage.
Watch for updates as more information is released.
UPDATE 8:13am CST
The BBC reports conflicting information from the Dutch and Spanish governments:
According to the Reuters news agency, Dutch military police say security forces have now surrounded the plane with the passengers still on board.
Police have confirmed that they believe this is a hostage situation.
But Spanish airline Vueling, which reportedly owns the plane, has denied reports that it has been hijacked.
UPDATE 8:30am CST
The Associated Press stated in the latest report:
Fears that a passenger plane had been hijacked en route from Malaga in Spain to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport appear unfounded and a passenger says there is no hostage situation, Dutch and Spanish media reported Wednesday.
Spanish newspaper El Pais cited a spokesperson from the Spanish carrier Vueling as saying there was no hijacking and blaming the incident on a communication problem between the pilot and control tower.
National Dutch broadcaster NOS spoke by phone with a person it identified as one of the passengers on board who said that the plane was calm and there was no hostage situation.
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