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8/23/06

F-16s Escort Northwest Jet Back To Amsterdam

A Northwest Airlines flight bound for India was escorted back to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport by F-16 fighter jets on Wednesday.

The plane was turned around after "a couple of passengers displayed behavior of concern," according to Northwest Airlines.

"Northwest is cooperating with the appropriate government officials," the company said in a statement.

The DC-10 plane, bound for Mumbai, was carrying 149 passengers, Northwest said. Flight number 42 has been canceled and will be rescheduled for Thursday.

The airport spokeswoman said the pilot had requested to return to Amsterdam and after the plane landed, there were some arrests.

She would not specify if those arrested were passengers.

Sources told Dutch journalist Marijn Tebbens that the disturbance was the result of some unruly passengers. The plane landed safely at 11:39 a.m. (5:39 a.m. ET), the sources said.

The Northwest Airlines Web site said Flight 42 was scheduled to take off from Schipol at 10:25 a.m. and arrive in Mumbai at 10:35 p.m. local time.

Security has been heightened at airports worldwide following a foiled plot to blow up planes traveling across the Atlantic using liquid explosives.

The alleged plot, which was broken up by British authorities on August 10, involved flights from Britain to the United States.

The Netherlands National Coordinator for Counterterrorism is aware of the situation, but will not look into the matter unless the police investigation determines that terrorism was involved, a spokesman told CNN.

Source: CNN

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