The hijacked West German airliner flew out of Dubai airport on Sunday (16 October) two days after it had landed there.
LV Supply van approaches airliner at dubai Airport, goods loaded into van (2 shots)
SV Soldiers with landrover on airport outskirts
GV ZOOM OUT TO Airport complex
GV Hijacked Lufthansa airliner stationary on runway
CU Red Crescent (Red Cross) ZOOM OUT TO side of van)
GV Helicopter overhead
SV Observers on rooftop with binoculars
GV Airliner moves forward, taxies along runway, takes off (4 shots)
The hijacking, which took place over the Mediterranean on Thursday (13 October), ???AS linked with the kidnapping in West Germany in September of industrialist Hanns-Martin Schleyer. His captors have also demanded release of the 11 guerrillas held in West German. Dr. Schleyer's wife and sons had urged the West German High Court to bow to the captors' demands to prevent their carrying out a threat to shoot him on Sunday (16 October).
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Background: 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.