Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia arrived home safely from a four-day official visit to West Germany of Friday (September 14th) after reports that an attempt had been made to hi-jack his aircraft.
GV Plane taxis on runway.
GV Military officials waiting by red carpet (2 shots)
SV Haile Selassie appears at aircraft door.
GV Control tower notice "Addis Ababa airport"
SV Girls present flower to Emperor.
SV Selassie walking down red carpet.
SV ZOOM OUT Selassie walking with Prime Minister up red carpet to rostrum
GV control tower PAN DOWN to waiting row of Cabinet Ministers and military officials.
SV Selassie taking salute.
SV Military official saluting.
GV Emperor and military reviewing guard of honour.
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Background: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia arrived home safely from a four-day official visit to West Germany of Friday (September 14th) after reports that an attempt had been made to hi-jack his aircraft.
Cairo airport was put on full alert and Italian jet fighters were scrambled after a hijack alarm was reported from the jet carrying the Emperor as it flew over the Mediterranean. The Emperor and his 30-member entourage were unaware of the drama until they landed in Addis Ababa on schedule. The Ethiopian Foreign Minister, who travelled with the Emperor, told reporters that the flight had been perfectly normal and that he could not understand how the reports of a hijack had been started.
The cause of the false alarm remains a mystery. An earlier report that the Emperor's jet had transmitted an automatic hijack alarm because of a short circuit or some other fault was later denied by Ethiopian airlines. A stat???nt from the airline said the captain of the Emperor's aircraft said no signal had originated from his plane.
The Emperor was met at Addis Ababa airport by members of the Royal Family, Cabinet Ministers and senior officers of the armed forces.
Emperor Haile Selassie had been absent from ten days. As well as his official visit to West Germany, he attended the non-aligned summit conference in Algiers, and paid a two-day private visit to London to visit the Crown Prince Asfa Wossen who is recuperating from a stroke.
SYNOPSIS: Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia arrived on Friday unaware of the drama that was enacted when his aircraft was reported to have made an automatic hijack alarm on the flight to Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian officials had waited anxiously after they were warned of a possible hijack attempt while the aircraft was over the Mediterranean. But the plane arrived on schedule, and the welcoming ceremony continued as planned.
The Emperor was returning from an official visit to West Germany.
The Prime Minister, Akililu Habte Wolde, members of the Royal family, Cabinet Ministers and senior officers of the armed forces greeted Emperor Haile Selassie. He had been absent some ten days. As well as visiting West Germany, the Emperor attended the non-aligned summit conference in Algiers and paid a two day private visit to London where the Crown Prince Asfa Wossen is recuperating from a stroke.
The Emperor's flight home is reported to have been perfectly normal and the cause of the hijack alarm is still a mystery.