Bomb Hoax Shuts Down Dutch Regional Airport

THE HAGUE -- A bomb alert which later turned out to be a hoax shut down the Maastricht Aachen airport in the southern Netherlands overnight, the ANP news agency said on Monday, adding that the facility had reopened.

An anonymous caller made a bomb threat late Sunday evening and the Dutch authorities closed down the small regional airport until 8:00 am local time (0600 GMT).

The terminal, runways and planes were inspected but nothing was found.

Due to the closure of the airport a Jordanian Airlines flight was diverted to Belgium's Liege airport. The Dutch authorities are investigating who is behind the hoax.

The airport is located near the border on with Germany, and serves both the Dutch city of Maastricht and the German town of Aachen.

Last Thursday a British Airways plane en route from Berlin to London made an emergency landing at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport after German media reportedly received a bomb threat.

Nothing suspicious was found in the plane or in the passengers' luggage on that occasion.

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