Dutch Find No Terror Link, Free 12 Held After India Flight

Dutch authorities said Thursday that they were releasing all 12 passengers arrested on Wednesday after they aroused suspicion on a Northwest Airlines flight to India and it made an emergency landing in Amsterdam, the AP reports. The police said that no evidence was found that they were planning any terrorist actions. The men, all Indian citizens or of Indian descent, had aroused the suspicion of the crew and several federal air marshals when they began using and passing around cell phones soon after takeoff and ignored orders to keep their seat belts on and stay in their seats. The pilot of the DC-10 decided to make an emergency return to Amsterdam, escorted by two Dutch fighter jets. Northwest Flight 42 left Minneapolis on Tuesday and stopped in Amsterdam on Wednesday morning, where the group and other passengers boarded for the rest of the flight bound for Mumbai. Airport authorities said most of the passengers, after staying at hotels in Amsterdam, were able to continue their trip on other flights.

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