The Soviet airliner hijacked on Thursday (15 October), when its air-hostess was killed, is still at the Black Sea port of Trabzon in North Turkey, with two of its crew wounded.
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CU Injured crewman in hospital (3 shots)
MS Russian Ambassador leaving building.
MS Crowd of reporters wave to passengers.
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Background: The Soviet airliner hijacked on Thursday (15 October), when its air-hostess was killed, is still at the Black Sea port of Trabzon in North Turkey, with two of its crew wounded.
The aircraft has been handed back to the Russians by the Turkish authorities, but is unable to take off because of a technical failure. The 44 passengers who were on board have now flown back to the Soviet Union, taking with them the body of the air-hostess.
The two hijackers - a father and son - are still being questioned by Turkish authorities, despite the insistence of the Russians that they should be returned. They were identified as 46 year-old Fransizskas Koreyevo and 15 year-old Argedas Koreyevo, though the spelling of their names is uncertain.
Captain Valeri Adeshev, the pilot, and Georgi Chatrakiya, the co-pilot have both received surgical treatment at Trabzon, and are now recovering well. Captain Adeshev is suffering from a bullet wound in the chest, and the co-pilot from a flesh wound in the leg.
The hijacking, on a shot internal flight from Batumi to Sukhumi in the Soviet Union, has presented Turkey with a delicate diplomatic problem. The Soviet Ambassador, Mr. Vassil Groubyakov expressed the hope on Friday (16 October) that Turkey would hand over the hijackers when he called on the Secretary-General of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Mr. Orhan Eralp.
It seemed from this that Moscow is not takin a tough line on the issue, but no quick decision is expected on the hijackers' fate.