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Pilot apologises to passengers at Schipol airport after activating hijack alert

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 Pilot apologises to passengers at Schipol airport after activating hijack alert

A pilot who sparked a mass panic at Amsterdam’s Schipol airport on Wednesday after triggering a hijack alarm apologized to the painfully delayed passengers when they finally took off.

The Air Europa flight was meant to depart for Madrid at 7.30pm but the flight was delayed until 11.28pm, prompting an apologetic announcement from the pilot.

In a video recorded by one of the passengers and posted on Twitter, the captain can be heard saying: ‘I would like to apologize for the delay we are having today.’

He then admitted his clumsy mistake and apologized again.

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 Pilot apologises to passengers at Schipol airport after activating hijack alert

The airline company, Air Europa, told Dutch broadcaster NOL that the captain accidentally triggered the alarm during a training session with a trainee pilot.

When questioned if he would face disciplinary action, an Air Europa spokesperson said: ‘Why? There is absolutely nothing to blame him for. What else can we investigate?’

Dutch military police raced to the scene on Wednesday evening following the alert, setting up cordons and warning passengers to stay away from the area.

 Pilot apologises to passengers at Schipol airport after activating hijack alert

‘Nothing has happened and all the passengers are fine and waiting to fly soon. We’re sorry.’

Dutch police said passengers and crew had disembarked safely following the incident, following reports of panic and ‘screaming’ in the airport.

One passenger told MailOnline: ‘Nobody knows what has happened here, there was a lot of screaming going on and armed police running about.

‘It’s quite a frightening experience as we are behind a cordon unable to move for our own safety as police is everywhere.’

 Pilot apologises to passengers at Schipol airport after activating hijack alert

There were earlier reports of a knifeman having tried to hijack the aircraft, but it has now emerged the panic button was hit accidentally.

‘Passengers and crew are safely off the plane,’ the Royal Military Police, which deals with ports and airports, said on Twitter without giving further details. ‘Investigation on site continues.’

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