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Hoax hijacker gets 6-month sentence

A Dutch man who phoned in a hoax hijack threat to stop his ex-girlfriend traveling to Turkey with her new boyfriend has been sentenced to six months in prison.

world Updated: Feb 11, 2009 11:06 IST

A Dutch man who phoned in a hoax hijack threat to stop his ex-girlfriend traveling to Turkey with her new boyfriend has been sentenced to six months in prison. The Transavia jet bound for Bodrum, Turkey, was detained for hours on Rotterdam Airport's runway with all passengers and crew still on board Aug. 26 after the man called police to say al-Qaida planned to hijack the plane.

The call sparked a terror alert at the airport and left fearful passengers stuck on the aircraft while police searched for weapons or explosives.

Rotterdam District Court on Tuesday sentenced the man, identified only by his initials K.K., to six months prison and a further six-month suspended sentence.

He has been jailed since August and will be released shortly.