Anti-terrorist police stormed a hijacked French airliner at Paris' Orly airport on Friday night (30 September) and seized a gunman who had held 91 people hostage.
Anti-terrorist police stormed a hijacked French airliner at Paris' Orly airport on Friday night (30 September) and seized a gunman who had held 91 people hostage. One person died and several others were hurt one of them seriously - when the hijacker detonated a grenade during the assault.
SYNOPSIS: The plane was hijacked by a 43-year-old Frenchman, Jacques Robert. He told police he wanted to deliver a message to the French people. Robert already has a record of trying to invade radio stations and has served a prison sentence for the attempts.
He had seized the plane shortly after take off from Orly airport, on an internal flight to Lyons. He shot a stewardess in the arm as she tried to prevent the hijack. The plane landed back at Orly after buzzing Paris at low altitudes for more than an hour. Fight hours later the special police squad moved in. Police cars with flashing lights suddenly surrounded the plane.
They stormed the aircraft through the rear emergency door, using smoke bombs and tear gas. But police were unable to overpower the hijacker before he hurled his grenade towards the cockpit. The passengers quickly left the aircraft and Robert was taken into custody. The whole operation took only a few minutes.