Almost one hundred people from among the first batch of hostages released from a hijacked Japan Air Lines DC-8 arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport early Tuesday (4th October).
Plane arriving at Haneda from Dacca via Bangkok; released hostages down steps and out into rain at Haneda; GV Tokyo Hotel where hostages' relatives were waiting; scenes of reunion; hostages shown photographs of Red Army suspects; woman hostage points out suspect.
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Background: Almost one hundred people from among the first batch of hostages released from a hijacked Japan Air Lines DC-8 arrived at Tokyo's Haneda Airport early Tuesday (4th October). The aircraft was hijacked last Wednesday (28th September) by Japanese Red Army terrorists while on a flight from Bombay to Tokyo, and ordered to land in Dacca, the capital of Bangladesh. Once on the ground, the hijackers demanded a US $6 million ransom from the Japanese Government and for the release of nine men from Japanese jails. Three refused to go, but six consented; and the Japanese Government agreed to pay the ransom. After long negotiations, 114 hostages were released Sunday (2nd October) in Dacca, and it was this group -- less a few who left the flight in Bangkok -- which arrived in Tokyo on Tuesday (4th October).
The hijacked plane went on to Kuwait, Damascus and finally arrived monday (3rd October) afternoon in Algiers. The remainder of the hostages were gradually released in these three destinations, and the hijackers -- together with the six released prisoners -- also disembarked in Algiers. Nothing is known of their movements since their arrival in Algeria, but it is believed that an arrangement to end the 134-hour hijack drama had already been agreed between the Algerian and Japanese Governments.