After a zig-zag flight across Latin America, what is believed to be the world's longest aircraft hi-jack has ended in Buenos Aires.
After a zig-zag flight across Latin America, what is believed to be the world's longest aircraft hi-jack has ended in Buenos Aires. The hi-jackers surrendered to Argentine police on Sunday (July 4) after nearly twenty hours of bargaining.
The Boeing 707 jet airliner, belonging to Braniff International Airlines, was seized on Friday night on a flight from Acapulco, Mexico, to New York. It then touched down at the Mexican city of Monterrey, Lima, Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires. The two hijackers, Robert Lee Jackson, 36, and his companion, Guatemalan Ligia Lucrecia Sanchez Archilla, 23, had demanded to be taken to Algeria.
But when the aircraft landed at Buenos Aires Airport, a large contingent of armed police -- in line with the Argentine Government's tough-line policy with aircraft hijackers -- surrounded it, let the air out of the tyres, blocked the runway with fire trucks and waited.