Four men who hijacked a Vietnam Air DC-3 on Saturday (29 October) will be returned to Vietnam.
Four men who hijacked a Vietnam Air DC-3 on Saturday (29 October) will be returned to Vietnam. This decision by the Singapore Government comes after three days of tense negotiations that followed the drama after the plane was allowed to land at the Seletar Airport on the City's outskirts. Two of the crew were killed by the hijackers while in flight but all of the 32 passengers escaped harm.
SYNOPSIS: Passengers and crew were released soon after the DC-3 touche down at Seletar Airport. They had been on a domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc island in the Gulf of Thailand. On board were 21 women and six children. At Seleter they were fed and comforted after their ordeal which started when the four hijackers took over control during what was to have been an internal flight. The plane was allowed to make a refuelling stop at U-Tapao airbase in Thailand. At Seletar Airport, authorities took five hours to negotiate the freedom of the crew and passengers. The hijackers said they wanted political asylum, a move that placed the Singaporean government in an awkward diplomatic position as it did not have an extradition treaty with Vietnam.
Later, in a news conference the DC-3's pilot described the events. He said they had been in flight for about 15 minutes when he heard shots in the cabin. He looked around and saw the flight mechanic and the radio operator lying on the floor. He said the men were not quite dead but were finally stabbed to death with long knives. On Monday the DC-3 returned with the bodies of the dead crew.