The hijacked West German airliner flew out of Dubai airport on Sunday (16 October) two days after it had landed there.
The hijacked West German airliner flew out of Dubai airport on Sunday (16 October) two days after it had landed there. At take-off time (1119 GMT), its reported destination was Mssirah Island, a former British ir Force base 40 miles (60 kms) off the coast of Oman. But Oman authorities refused landing permission and the aircraft diverted to Aden, where it landed on Sunday evening.
SYNOPSIS: As a supply van approached the airliner shortly before it left, the situation was tense. The hijackers were threatening to blow up the plane and all aboard within an hour of takeoff unless West Germany freed 11 urban guerrillas from prison and Turkey released two jailed Palestinians. There was a build-up around the airport boundaries of Dubai combat troops.
Only a short time before take-off, there were reports that the plane would go to Somalia, where the passengers would be released and Somali authorities would take the hijackers into custody. The hijackers' leader, named as 'Martyr' Mahmoud, sounded strained as he talked with airport authorities. He threatened to blow off the pilot's head unless the airliner could take off immediately.