By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
AMSTERDAM ( Worthy News ) – A medical flight was unable to land in the Dutch capital Saturday as hundreds of environmental activists stormed an area holding private jets at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, officials said.
“Thanks to this unsanctioned rebellious grounding, our members have had to divert a medical flight bound for Amsterdam with a patient onboard,” said the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) in a statement monitored by Worthy News .
“EBAA condemns this completely unacceptable manifestation by @GreenpeaceNL. This can cost lives,” the Association added on the social media platform Twitter .
Environmental group Greenpeace Netherlands denied the accusations saying: “We only block the private jets on the platform, arriving flights will not be hindered.” Greenpeace added that the “Oostbaan (East Runway) is still in use, according to the authorities. We regret that this flight has been diverted. That was not necessary because of our action.”
However, with people nearby, the pilot apparently decided it wasn’t safe to land at the Netherlands’ main international airport.
Air traffic controller Jan van Duin, working at nearby Rotterdam Airport, said he prepared for deviated traffic from Schiphol due to the protest. “When it comes to patient transport, you go for an optimal situation,” he wrote on Twitter. “It’s okay to protest. But don’t disturb anything whose consequences you can’t foresee. Then you cross the line.”
MEDICAL FLIGHT With the medical flight diverted and tensions rising around the runway, Dutch military police detained hundreds of climate activists. Many had clambered over fences and gates at Schiphol airport and occupied an apron for private jets, which they said should be banned.The protesters ran onto the tarmac early Saturday, sitting in front of private planes parked on the apron, including a Royal Canadian Air Force C-130 transporter.It was unclear […]
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