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12 Indian passengers return from Amsterdam

They said that misunderstanding on part of the airline created the ordeal and that they were treated well by authorities.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 08:19 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The 12 Indian passengers of a Mumbai-bound Northwest Airlines flight, who were detained and later released in Amsterdam following suspicious behaviour on a US airliner, arrived in Mumbai on Saturday.

The Northwest Airlines flight NW042 from Amsterdam carrying the passengers reached the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Terminal at 2.15 am, delayed by four hours.

Immediately after arrival, one of the passengers said that a "misunderstanding" on part of the airline created the two-day imbroglio and they were treated well by the Dutch authorities.

"It was a misunderstanding on the part of the airline. We were treated well and want to forget it as a bad experience," Mohammad Iqbal Batliwala, one of the passengers told reporters on arrival at the airport.

Batliwala refused to comment further saying that he was tired.

Another passenger Shakeel Chotani said that the'misunderstanding has been sorted out'.

Meanwhile, the remaining passengers refused to speak to the waiting media and were taken away by their relatives.

The passengers took over an hour to come out of the terminal building after their aircraft landed.

First Published: Aug 26, 2006 08:19 IST