The three Filipino gunmen who held two hostages and a crew of eight aboard a hijacked Philippine jet for a week, surrendered on Wednesday (14 April) ending the longest aircraft hijacking in history.
GV Hijacked plane lands
GV Police car drives car drives across tarmac to taxiing plane
MV Captain steps down from plane
MV Airline representative steps down from plane to give news conference
SCU Official talks to newsmen
MV Pilot led off with company representative
REPORTER: "Did you know that they threatened to blow up the plane in the air?"
IGOA: "Yes I did, but it was a bluff. They didn't have any explosives on board."
REPORTER: "How were they armed? Can you describe it?"
IGOA: "We disarmed them in Bangkok. They gave up their grenades."
REPORTER: "What else did they have?"
IGOA: "They had pistols, they had that."
REPORTER: "And what did you do with the grenades?"
IGOA: "They them up as a condition for the transfer."
REPORTER: "So there was no they could blow up the plane."
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Background: The three Filipino gunmen who held two hostages and a crew of eight aboard a hijacked Philippine jet for a week, surrendered on Wednesday (14 April) ending the longest aircraft hijacking in history.
The hostages then flew on to Italy.
The gunmen had threatened to blow up a Philippine Airlines (PAL) DC-8 with everyone on board if they were not allowed to leave the jet. Libyan authorities allowed all on board to disembark for what they termed humanitarian reasons.
They had earlier refused to let the hijackers disembark. They ordered the gunmen, already in the eighth day of their venture, to fly on to another country.
Benghazi, the Libyan town where they disembarked, was the sixth stop for the three self-described Philippine Moslem Secessionists since they seized a PAL BAC-III over the Philippines last Wednesday. They later flew on to Bangkok and exchanged the original plane for the bigger DC-8.
The hijackers had been armed with pistols and apparently staged the hijacking to dramatise their southern Philippine secessionist cause.
One of the hostages was the executive vice-president of Philippine Airlines, Mr. Rafael Igoa. He told newsmen in Italy he was not afraid during the hijacking, and that there was no way in which the gunmen could have blown up the plane.
This film is serviced with an English interview with Mr. Igoa. A transcript appears below.
SYNOPSIS: The longest aircraft hijacking in history ended in Rome on Wednesday, after three Filipino gunmen surrendered in Libya and two hostages and a crew of eight were released in Italy after a week. Libyan authorities allowed all on board to disembark after the gunmen hand threatened to blow up the Philippine Airlines DC-8 with everyone on board.
One of the hostages was the executive vice-president of Philippine Airlines. Mr. Rafael Igoa. Mr. Igoa spoke to newsmen in Rome after the hijacking.