Jihad or hoax? From The Telegraph:
A British Airways jet made an unscheduled landing under fighter escort at Amsterdam yesterday after a “specific threat” against it was telephoned to a German television station.
The anonymous warning named Flight BA983, which was flying from Berlin to Heathrow. After discussing the call with airline security managers, the BA captain took the decision to divert to Schiphol airport.
One of the F16 jets escorting the British Airways aircraft
Under established anti-terrorism procedures, two Dutch F16 military aircraft were scrambled to meet the airliner and escort it down.
It is understood that the caller did not spell out the nature of the threat, leaving the security authorities uncertain as to whether they faced a potential bombing, hijack or missile attack. After landing, the 118 passengers and their luggage underwent fresh screening while the Airbus A319 was searched. Three hours later, Dutch military police said nothing suspicious had been found.