One of the most bizarre and inconclusive recent hijackings ended in Libya today (Tuesday, July 24).
One of the most bizarre and inconclusive recent hijackings ended in Libya today (Tuesday, July 24). For three days, the 137 hostages abroad the hijacked Japanese Jumbo jet had been held in Dubai. Last night, the aircraft took off, and, after refuelling in Syria, finally landed in Benghazi, Libya.
Almost as soon as the jet touched down, eye-witnesses reported seeing an explosion. The 118 passengers, 19 crew and their captors slid down emergency chutes to safety. Minutes later an explosion ripped through the giant airliner.
Passengers aboard a British airliner, which had just refuelled at Benghazi, watched the last act of the drama unfold. One of them, Mr. Ian Mathieson, related the end of the hijacking. He was speaking to Visnews reporter Paul Davis: