The airport of Zamboanga, in the southern Philippines, became the scene of death and destruction when six hijackers blew up a jetliner and fought a gun battle with government troops.
CU air control tower
Personnel carrier moving to tower with hijacker plane at background
CA security men, armoured soldiers with fire engine
APC quick pan to hijacked plane
Fire exchange with hijackers (2 shots)
Smoke up form plane
Passengers under cover of exchange fire and passengers fleeing out from plane
Military soldiers rush to plane
MC quick pan to burning plane
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Fire engine jet towards plane
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Background: The airport of Zamboanga, in the southern Philippines, became the scene of death and destruction when six hijackers blew up a jetliner and fought a gun battle with government troops.
The drama at the airport killed thirteen people, including three of the hijackers, and wounded more than twenty other passengers. The other three gunmen were arrested as they struggled with troops on the tarmac.
The Philippine Air Lines jet was hijacked after leaving Manila last Friday.
After landing at Zamboanga the hijackers announced their planes for a ransom of more than one million dollars and intentions ??? fly on to the Middle East, holding the more than one hundred passengers and the crew of six hostage. But after landing at Zamboanga, the aircraft was surrounded by troops and armoured m??? military vehicles and refused permission to leave.
The next day the gunmen allowed five women and nine children to leave the grounded plane in return for a supply of food and water form the authorities.
The hijackers said they would then allow relatives of the hostages on board the plane. However, sources in Manila claim that the authorities attempted to smuggle police onto the plane in disguise amongst the relatives.
A government spokesman said that the hijackers became, "desperate and panicky" and one of theme exploded a grenade in the passageway of the interior of the jetliner.
A huge burst flame and smoke engulfed the aircraft as government troops and the hijackers shot it out amongst the screaming panic', stricken passengers.
Others jumped from the exit shoots on the plane only to injure themselves as they crashed onto the tarmac below. Police, and troops dragged many of the injured along the tarmac in an attempt to get them clear of the feared explosion of the main gas tanks on the aircraft.
More explosions occurred as the hijackers' grenades ripped through the roof of the aircraft and the dead and injured lay under the aircraft and even sprawled groaning on the wings. Ambulances rushed a shuttle service form the scene of the shooting to a nearby hospital.
VISNEWS CAMERAMAN, MANUEL SILVA, RISKED HIS LIFE AS HE CRAWLED ALONG THE TARMAC TAKING COVER BEHIND MILITARY VEHICLES FROM WHERE HE SHOT THIS EXCLUSIVE FILM. AFTERWARDS HE SAID "THE STENCH OF DEATH MADE MY HEAD SWIM, BUT SOMEHOW I MANAGED TO KEEP FILMING."