Six hijackers who commandeered an Argentine airliner on Wednesday (4 July) were sitting on a half million pound sterling (1,200,000 U.
Six hijackers who commandeered an Argentine airliner on Wednesday (4 July) were sitting on a half million pound sterling (1,200,000 U.S. dollars) fortune, and probably didn't know it. Many of the passengers -- being held hostage -- were released on Wednesday (4 July) at Santiago Airport in Chile.
The aircraft landed in Havana, Cuba, the following day, and the hijackers were whisked away by Cuban authorities.
The crew and 18 passengers still on board were kept from newsmen ny Interior Ministry officials. The remaining 54 passengers had been released during stop-overs in Santiago (Chile), Lima (Peru) and Panama City.
The airliner was on a domestic flight between Buenos Aires and Tucuman when the hijackers took over. They demanded donations of GBP 80,000 sterling (192,000 U.S. dollars) to a children's hospital and a blood disease research unit -- in return for the release of the passengers. The Argentine Government refused. Then the hijackers lowered the ransom to GBP 40,000 sterling, (96,000 U.S. dollars), and finally GBP 32,000 sterling (77,000 U.S. dollars). However, the authorities stood firm. President Hector Campora, of Argentina, will request extradition of the hijackers from Cuba, even though the two countries aren't bound by a hijack treaty.
SYNOPSIS: Six left-wing guerrillas who hijacked an Argentine airliner are now in Cuba, and passengers and crew are all safe. The hijackers made three stop-overs on their flight from Argentina to Cuba -- one of them here in Santiago, capital of Chile.
The airliner was on a domestic flight from Buenos Aires, when it was commandeered.
Security police stood by in Santiago as passengers were allowed off the aircraft. Others were freed in Lima and Panama City. The crew and 18 passengers were still aboard at Havana.
The hijackers had demanded GBP 80,000 for charity in return for release of the passengers. The Argentine Government refused, even when the ransom was progressively reduced. Ironically, there was half a million pounds on the aircraft.