More than a hundred people who had been held hostage on the hi-jacked Japanese Airlines DC-8 plane made it to Tokyo on Tuesday (4 October) -- nearly a week later than originally intended.
More than a hundred people who had been held hostage on the hi-jacked Japanese Airlines DC-8 plane made it to Tokyo on Tuesday (4 October) -- nearly a week later than originally intended. They had flown in from Dacca, and were given a heroes welcome on their arrival at Tokyo airport.
SYNOPSIS: The pouring rain did nothing to dampen the spirits of these former hostages who were obviously very pleased to have reached their destination at last. Japanese Airlines' officials were there to provide umbrellas and a helping hand, and in fact did everything but roll out the red carpet. These people were among the earliest hostages freed by the Japanese Red Army hijackers at Dacca.
Their release was secured on Sunday (2 October) after the hijackers' demands for at 3.43 million pound sterling (6 million U.S. dollar) ransom and the release of six Japanese prisoners were met. In spite of their ordeal the former hostages looked well as they arrived at a nearby hotel for a reunion with their families and friends.
But the psychological stress of their five days in captivity must have been great, as the emotional scenes at the hotel show. Many of the hostages said they had never expected to see their loved ones again, and they had lived only from moment to moment through their frightening experience. This man and other elderly people wee among those held hostage at Dacca, as well as several young babies.
Other hostages who were released later at Damascus and algiers airports were still en route to Japan at the time of this reunion. After the hi-jack saga ended on Monday night (3 October) the Japanese police announced it had identified the hijackers. They believed the leader was Asamu Maruoka, thought to have been involved with a previous hi-jacking in 1973. Police showed photographs of the suspects to the former hostages to confirm their identification.