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    The first of 22 passengers released from the hijacked British VC-10 in the Jordanian desert arrived back in London today (Friday).

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    GV London Airport

    CU Pressley interviewed:

    SV Interviewer asks woman with children question.


    MISS PRESSLEY: "Well, we were nearly to Beirut and (indistinct) a man with a gun told us to keep quiet and nothing would happen to us."

    QUESTION: "What was the first intimation you had that you were going to be released?"

    MISS PRESSLEY: "Well, we didn't really know until they told us. It was very sudden. They just put us in a car and sent us to Amman."

    QUESTION: "How were you treated by the guerrillas?"

    MISS PRESSLEY: "Very nicely."

    QUESTION: "Can you describe what conditions are like on the VC-10?"

    MISS PRESSLEY: "They're alright."

    QUESTION: "How is the spirit of the people?"

    MISS PRESSLEY: "Very good."

    QUESTION: "How did the children hold up during the hijacking?"

    MISS PRESSLEY: "Very, very good."

    QUESTION: "What do you do during the day on the plane?"

    MISS PRESSLEY: "Well, we were only there...an evening and a morning, so I don't know what they do..."

    QUESTION: "What was morale like on the plane?"

    MISS PRESSLEY: "Very good."

    QUESTION: "Was everyone able to sleep?"


    QUESTION: "It wasn't too cold?"


    QUESTION: "When were you first told that you would be released?"

    MISS PRESSLEY: "In the morning - yesterday morning."

    QUESTION: "Did the people on the plane feel particularly annoyed because you were being singled out?"

    MISS PRESSLEY: "Well, I don't think they knew, because we didn't know -- it was so quick."

    QUESTION: "What did they say to you?"

    MISS PRESSLEY: "They told us to come outside the plane, and then they told us...."

    QUESTION: "And when you got outside the plane what did they say to you?"

    MISS PRESSLEY: "It was in Arabic. I don't know."

    The mother and her children described the deteriorating situation in Amman after the British government had warned all British nationals to leave Jordan:

    QUESTION: "I gather that you were ....you had just left, in fact, the Hotel Intercontinental in Amman. What was it like during the closing stages after the government had warned everybody to get out?"

    MOTHER: "It was pretty bad. I think I must have left it about the same time that the government warned everybody to get out, but just previously to that we were all cowering i corridors."

    QUESTION: "You couldn't sleep in the bedrooms in the hotel or anything?"

    MOTHER: "No. No, that was almost impossible. Some of us did, but we went to bed extremely late and got up extremely early because somehow they seemed to have a break between about two o'clock and five and it would then start off again."

    QUESTION: "How were you managing for food in the hotel?"

    MOTHER: "They gave us cheese sandwiches two evenings ago. That was our supper. They couldn't cope with a meal. The electricity went off and nobody was quite sure what was going to happen. Other than that they have been giving quite reasonable meals."

    BOY: "There were lots of people sleeping all over the floor and it was all exciting."

    QUESTION: "What about the noise of gunfire? Did you hear much of that?"

    BOY: "Yes. We heard some slamming of doors."

    QUESTION: "And the sound of bullets and things?"

    BOY: "Yes."

    QUESTION: "Weren't you frightened by that?"

    BOY: "A little bit, yes."

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    Background: The first of 22 passengers released from the hijacked British VC-10 in the Jordanian desert arrived back in London today (Friday). The only British passenger to be released, 21-year-old Miss Lesley Pressley, said that she had been treated well by Palestinian guerrillas during the hijack and that morale on the VC-10 was high.

    Also back from Amman was a mother and three young children. They spoke of their stay at amman's Intercontinental Hotel, focal point of some of the bitterest fighting between guerrillas and Royalist forces in the Jordanian capital.

    Miss Pressley, who arrived with her Persian fiance Mr. Al sharif, was asked to describe the hijacking of the VC-10:

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