An EL AL flight which was set to depart Amsterdam Schiphol airport for Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion was forced to abort takeoff after a suspicious vehicle was spotted near the runway.
EL AL flight 338 which was set to depart Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport for Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport at 11:30am on Thursday was delayed for several hours, after a suspicious vehicle with Belgian license plates was seen in the vicinity of the takeoff runway.
A number of other flights that were set to take off around the same time were also delayed.
Special Dutch police forces, aided by a helicopter, searched the area for suspects. The search was called off after about an hour and the airport resumed normal operations.
Motti, a passenger aboard the flight told Ynet that, “The passengers were forced to stay in their seats, and the plane returned to the terminal. After arriving, the captain briefed the passengers on what was happening. At first it seemed like the threat was only against our plane, because we were the only ones to stop. But later we realized that all the flights had been delayed.”
Itay Blumenthal ynetnews