• Short Summary

    A BRITISH TEENAGER AND TWO BRITISH AIRLINE PILOTS TALKED ABOUT LAST NIGHT'S ISRAELI COMMANDO RAID IN BEIRUT AIRPORT WHEN THEY ARRIVED IN LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) FROM THE LEBANESE CAPITAL.

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    LONDON AIRPORT; PASSENGERS OFF AIRCRAFT FROM BEIRUT; INTERVIEW WITH ROBINSON, BARITER AND FOWLER (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: QUESTION: "YOU WERE AT THE AIRPORT WHEN THE ATTACK PLACE. WHAT WAS THE FIRST YOU KNEW OF IT?"



    SIMON ROBINSON: "WELL THERE WAS LOUD EXPLOSION OUTSIDE AIRPORT AND WE ALL RUSHED OUTSIDE TO SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED - EVERYBODY WAS A BIT SCARED - AND THEN I HEARD MACHINE GUN FIRE AND I QUICKLY WENT BACK IN AGAIN."



    QUESTION: "DID YOU SEE ANY SOLDIERS?"



    ROBINSON: "NO I DIDN'T. I UNDERSTAND THAT THEY WERE ON THE AIRFIELD AND I WAS IN THE BUILDING AND IT WAS PITCH BLACK SO I COULDN'T SEE ANY SOLDIERS AT ALL."



    QUESTION: "COULD YOU SEE THE HELICOPTERS OR HEAR THE HELICOPTERS?"



    ROBINSON: "WELL I DIDN'T, NO, BECAUSE THERE WAS SO MUCH SHOUTING AND TALKING GOING ON INSIDE THE AIRPORT. WOMEN WERE BEING A BIT HYSTERICAL AND ALL SORTS OF THINGS LIKE THIS WERE GOING ON."



    QUESTION: "I BELIEVE YOU SAW THIS ATTACK ON THE AIRPORT."



    CAPTAIN BARITER: "YES I DID FROM THE WINDOW OF THE HOTEL WHICH WAS ABOUT THREE MILES AWAY FROM THE AIRPORT."



    QUESTION: "WHAT DID YOU SEE?"



    BARITER: "I SAW A MASS OF FLAMES COMING UP, TRACER BULLETS COMING DOWN OBVIOUSLY FROM THE HELICOPTERS WHICH SEEMED TO BE HOVERING ABOUT 500 FEET ABOVE THE AIRPORT."



    QUESTION: "YOU COULD SEE THE HELICOPTERS?"



    BARITER: "NO WE COULDN'T SEE THEM BUT OBVIOUSLY THEY WERE HELICOPTERS BECAUSE THE FIRE WAS COMING FROM A STATIONARY OBJECT."



    QUESTION: "SO THE HELICOPTERS WERE FIRING DOWN TO THE GROUND AS WELL AS THE COMMANDOES BEING ON THE GROUND?"



    BARITER: "THAT'S RIGHT - YES."



    QUESTION: "CAPTAIN FOWLER WHAT WAS THE FIRST YOU KNEW OF THIS ATTACK ON BEIRUT AIRPORT?"



    CAPTAIN FOWLER: "WE ARRIVED IN A PERFECTLY NORMAL CONDITION AS FAR AS AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL WAS CONCERNED. I THOUGHT THIS WAS QUITE PLEASANT AND RATHER SURPRISING BUT AS WE TAXIED IN WE COULD SEE THIS ASTONISHING DISPLAY OF WRECKAGE. I CERTAINLY HAVEN'T SEEN AIRCRAFT REDUCED TO THIS POINT ANYWHERE."



    QUESTION: "THIS WAS JUST AIRCRAFT OR WERE THERE BUILDINGS?"



    FOWLER: "NO, SIMPLY AIRCRAFT. AND THEN IT BECAME EQUALLY OBVIOUS THAT THE AIRCRAFT HAD BEEN VERY CAREFULLY SELECTED. THEY ALL BELONGED TO ONE OR TWO AIRLINES AS FAR AS I COULD SEE."




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    Background: A BRITISH TEENAGER AND TWO BRITISH AIRLINE PILOTS TALKED ABOUT LAST NIGHT'S ISRAELI COMMANDO RAID IN BEIRUT AIRPORT WHEN THEY ARRIVED IN LONDON TODAY (SUNDAY) FROM THE LEBANESE CAPITAL. THE BOY, SIMON ROBINSON, WAS IN THE AIRPORT TERMINAL DURING THE ATTACK. ONE PILOT, CAPTAIN BARITER, WAS IN AN HOTEL NEAR THE AIRPORT AND WITNESSES THE RAID AIRPORT SHORTLY AFTER IT WAS REOPENED TO TRAFFIC.

    ALL THREE WERE INTERVIEWED.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8P7GNKMCXRAGSASHKR1HH86T9
    Media URN:
    VLVA8P7GNKMCXRAGSASHKR1HH86T9
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/12/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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