By James Bryce
FEARS a plane carrying 180 passengers had been hijacked en route from Malaga to the Netherlands have been allayed after the incident was confirmed as a false alarm.
The Vueling aircraft was intercepted by two Dutch F-16 fighter jets, which escorted it into Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, after the plane’s Spanish pilot lost contact with Dutch air traffic control.
“There was never any danger. There was a lack of communication between the pilot and the tower and the airport has activated the security protocol,” a spokesman for Spanish airline Vueling said.