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Video shows Fighter Jets over Schiphol


Exciting day today at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. First, an unexploded World War II-era bomb was found near a pier that connects the airport's main entrance with the departure hall for most European flights. The discovery forced evacuations, closures and flight delays and cancellations.

As if that wasn't challenge enough for an airport that handles almost 50 million passengers a year, the airport went on security alert after reports came in that an inbound Vueling aircraft from Malaga had been hijacked. The report proved to be wrong and was later attributed by Vueling to a miscommunication between the pilot and the control tower, but only after Dutch F-16s were scrambled and security police surrounded the aircraft on landing.

Here's a link to BBC footage showing the F-16s tagging the Airbus A320 over the airport before it landed.

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