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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands (CNN) — Twelve passengers were in custody Wednesday after a Northwest Airlines flight bound for Mumbai, India, returned to Amsterdam with a fighter jet escort, Dutch police said.
They have not been formally charged, police said. But an airport policeman said authorities have enough information to hold the 12 for at least three days.
Flight 42 returned to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport “after several passengers displayed behavior of concern,” Northwest Airlines said in a written statement.
In a recording of communications between the pilot and air traffic controllers circulated among Dutch media, the pilot is asked if he wants fire trucks on the runway when he lands, The Associated Press reported.
“No, sir,” he replied, according to the AP.
Some of the passengers pulled out cell phones during the flight and appeared to be trying to pass the cell phones to other passengers, a U.S. government official said.
Rob at Say Anything is on top of this developing story.
Are there possible terror connections? Stay tuned …
Thurs. PM Update: Dutch minister: Plane return not terror related