On May 13, things were taking their regular course at the International Sheremetiyeve-II airport of Moscow up to the moment when it was announced that the flight No.
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Background: On May 13, things were taking their regular course at the International Sheremetiyeve-II airport of Moscow up to the moment when it was announced that the flight No. 318 from Washington was to arrive with a three-and-a-half-hour delay. By that time Soviet mass media had already brought information on the lawless action by the American authorities shown to the Soviet airliner crew and passengers at the Dallas airport of Washington... Now this plane has just landed. The FBI agents forced into the plane, took out the crew and made a search breaking into the instrument panels and luggage including the luggage of diplomatic staff. They took away some luggage. They claimed to be acting by the order from above.
In the Note issued by the Soviet government to American Administration this action was called an impertinent provocation and criminal act.
Boris Muravienko, airsquadron's navigator, says (sync. in Russian): "During an 18-year service in aviation I can not the similar cases when the crew was treated in such unmannerly and impudent way. Officials of the Immigration Service were in the cabin alone and we have no idea what they were doing there and felt nervous of their possible actions".
Now here's the opinion of one of Soviet passengers shared by the others (sync. in Russian): "This incident was of the kind I can't remember before. We were through the customs and had to wait for another three hours watching the FBI agents disembowelling our luggage. No explanations were given."
Here's the opinion of the American passengers: Man (sync. in English) and a girl (Sync. in English).
All troubles for these passengers are over but there is no guarantee that the similar action will ever happen in future.