• Short Summary

    A PHILIPPINE AIRLINES BAC-III JET ON AN INTERNAL FLIGHT FROM MANILA TO THE SOUTHERN CITY OF DAVAO, WAS HIJACKED ON TUESDAY, MARCH 30, BY SIX YOUNG SELF-STYLED GUERRILLAS.

  • Description

    A PHILIPPINE AIRLINES BAC-III JET ON AN INTERNAL FLIGHT FROM MANILA TO THE SOUTHERN CITY OF DAVAO, WAS HIJACKED ON TUESDAY, MARCH 30, BY SIX YOUNG SELF-STYLED GUERRILLAS. TWENTY OF THE AIRCRAFT'S PASSENGERS WERE ALLOWED TO DISEMBARK IN HONG KONG WHEN THE AIRCRAFT MADE A REFUELLING STOPOVER - AND VISNEWS CAMERAMAN JAMES LEE AND ALEX SO WERE AT THE KAI TAC AIRPORT NOT ONLY TO SEE THEM DISEMBARK, BUT ALSO TO SEE THE AIRCRAFT TAKE-OFF AGAIN TOWARDS CANTON AND TO SPEAK TO ONE OF THE PASSENGERS, A MANILA LAWYER.

    NEWS TODAY (WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31) IS THAT THE CHINESE HAD ALLOWED THE AIRCRAFT TO LEAVE WITH ALL ITS PASSENGERS - BUT THAT THE HIJACKERS HAD ASKED TO STAY IN CANTON. THE AIRCRAFT MADE ANOTHER STOP-OVER IN HONG KONG TO PICK UP THE PASSENGERS LEFT THE DAY BEFORE, AND THEN RETURNED TO MANILA.

    ONE OF THE PASSENGERS IS SAID TO HAVE IDENTIFIED ONE OF THE HI-JACKERS AS PHILIPPINE GUERRILLA LEADER ROBERTO SANTOS(ALIAS COMANDANTE FELMAN).

    THE LAWYER WHO SPOKE TO REPORTERS IN HONG KONG ON TUESDAY, DESCRIBED THE ACTUAL MOMENT OF HI-JACKING:
    SYNOPSIS: A PHILIPPINE AIRLINES BAC-ONE-ELEVEN SITS ON THE TARMAC AT HONG KONG'S KAI TAC AIRPORT ON SUNDAY. INSIDE ARE FIFTY PASSENGERS, FIVE CREW MEMBERS AND SIX YOUNG HIJACKERS. THEY HAD STARTED OUT FROM MANILA ON A LOCAL FLIGHT SOUTH TO DAVAO - AND JUST OVER HALF-AN-HOUR AFTER TAKE-OFF THEY FOUND THEM-SELVES BOUND FOR CANTON UNDER THREAT OF BEING BLOWN UP. BUT THE PILOT WAS ABLE TO CONVINCE THE HIJACKERS THAT HE HAD TO LAND IN HONG KONG TO REFUEL. THERE THEY ALLOWED TWENTY OF THE PASSENGERS - INCLUDING A SMALL BABY - TO DISEMBARK.

    THEN THE AIRCRAFT TOOK OFF AGAIN - DESTINATION CANTON. TWENTY-FOUR HOURS LATER IT WAS TO BE BACK TO COLLECT THE DISEMBARKED PASSENGERS AND RETURN HOME TO MANILA. THE RETURNEES SAID THAT THE CHINESE HAD BEEN VERY SURPRISED TO SEE THEM - AND HAD TREATED THEM WELL BEFORE LETTING THEM FLY BACK. THE HIJACKERS - ONE OF THEM IDENTIFIED BY A PASSENGER AS FILIPINO GUERRILLA LEADER ROBERTO SANTOS - HAD ASKED TO REMAIN, AND BEEN PERMITTED TO DO SO.

    THE HIJACKERS WERE SAID TO HAVE BEEN ARMED WITH PISTOLS, A RIFLE AND A PAIR OF SCISSORS. ONE OF THE PASSENGERS WHO DISEMBARKED IN HONG KONG DURING THE FIRST STOPOVER, A MANILA LAWYER, TOLD PRESSMEN HOW THEY FIRST REALIZED WHAT WAS HAPPENING:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA29WFTGH2IX9UB5ISSY14U71T0
    Media URN:
    VLVA29WFTGH2IX9UB5ISSY14U71T0
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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