A pilot who caused massive panic on Wednesday after activating a hijack alarm apologized for the delayed passengers when they finally left.
The Air Europa flight was intended to leave for Madrid at 7.30 p.m., but the flight was delayed until 11.28 p.m., resulting in an apologetic announcement from the pilot.
In a video recorded by one of the passengers and posted on Twitter, the captain can be heard: & # 39; I want to apologize for the delay we have today & # 39 ;.
He then admitted his clumsy mistake and apologized again.
A pilot who caused a massive panic on Wednesday aboard an Air Europa flight apologized to the passengers shortly after they left, almost four hours after their scheduled departure time. Pictured: a photo from the video where the apology can be heard
& # 39; Terrified & # 39; passengers have been talking about shouting at the airport and & # 39; armed police walking around & # 39; while a police cordon is set up in the area (photo, passengers at the airport). The panic was quickly relieved when Air Europa announced that the alarm had been triggered by accident
A passenger told MailOnline: & # 39; Nobody knows what happened here, there was a lot of shouting and armed police walked around & # 39; (photo, passengers at the airport)
Dutch police patrol at Schiphol after a suspicious incident turned out to be a false alarm
The Dutch military police, pictured in response to the false alarm yesterday, was deployed quickly
The Dutch military police responded yesterday to reports of an alleged hijack aboard an aircraft at Schiphol airport (on the left, a police cordon in place and on the right an image overlooking an aircraft). It later turned out that the pilot had sounded the alarm by accident
The airline, Air Europa, told Dutch broadcaster NOL that the captain had accidentally triggered the alarm during a training session with a pilot in training.
When asked if he would take disciplinary action, an Air Europa spokesperson said: & # 39; Why? There is absolutely nothing to blame him for. What else can we investigate? & # 39;
The Dutch military police ran to the scene on Wednesday evening following the warning, setting up cordons and warning passengers to stay away from the area.
The Dutch military police say that all passengers and crew are safe from an aircraft in the middle of a security alarm at Schiphol. The pilot had sounded the alarm by accident
Air Europa issued a statement that it was all a & # 39; false alarm & # 39; and that the warning was triggered by accident
& # 39; Terrified & # 39; passengers talked about shouting at the airport and & # 39; armed police walking around & # 39; while the area was closed in the midst of reports of an attack.
But moments later, Air Europa issued a statement that it was all a & # 39; false alarm & # 39; and that the warning was triggered by accident.
It has now been found that the code for a hijacking has been introduced while the pilot tried to explain to an intern how to use the transponder, according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
The Dutch television station NOS said it could have been a hijack without mentioning the sources, and added that the captain of the aircraft had pressed a hijack alarm (police and ambulance personnel on the spot). It was later revealed that it was a false alarm
Dutch military police and security guards are walking around after a threat at Schiphol in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. It later turned out that the pilot had sounded the alarm by accident
Pilots can send signals with a transponder in emergency situations, such as hijacking, communication loss or an emergency. But these must be entered with a four-digit code.
But aviation experts have questioned this opinion by saying that you can only enter the emergency codes if the radio does not work – and the transponder cannot normally be used while the aircraft is on the ground.
Air Europa revealed the & # 39; false alarm & # 39; during a flight from Amsterdam to Madrid and said in a tweet: & # 39; This afternoon an accidental warning was triggered that triggers a protocol response to hostage-taking at the airport. & # 39;
Yesterday a cordon was set up in an area of the airport before the police knew what was happening on board
& # 39; Nothing has happened and all passengers are fine and waiting to fly fast. We are sorry. & # 39;
The Dutch police said passengers and crew had disembarked safely after the incident, following reports of panic and & # 39; yelling & # 39; at the airport.
A passenger told MailOnline last night: “Nobody knows what happened here, there was a lot of shouting and armed police were walking around.
& # 39; It is quite a frightening experience because we are behind a cordon that is unable to move for our own safety because the police are everywhere.
There were earlier reports about a mesman trying to hijack the plane, but now it appears that the panic button was accidentally hit.
& # 39; Passengers and crew are safely off the plane & # 39 ;, said the Royal Military Police, which deals with ports and airports, on Twitter without giving further details. & # 39; On-site investigation continues. & # 39;
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