The Philippine Airlines BAC-111 jet that was hijacked to Canton in the People's Republic of China, returned to Hong Kong yesterday (31 March).
The Philippine Airlines BAC-111 jet that was hijacked to Canton in the People's Republic of China, returned to Hong Kong yesterday (31 March). The aircraft had originally been on an internal flight from Manila to the southern city of Davao when it was hijacked by six self-styled guerrillas. Twenty of the passengers were allowed to leave the airplane when it stopped in Hong Kong for refuelling. Yesterday the Chinese allowed the aircraft, its passengers, and crew to leave Canton, but the six hijackers remained. In the first official Chinese comment on the incident, Radio Canton claimed that the aircraft had been "introduced illegally" into Chinese airspace, but it did not say that the plane had been hijacked.
Before returning to Manila, the aircraft stopped over in Hong Kong to pick up the passengers left the day before. At a press conference at Kai Tac Airport Eldred Fewkes, an American businessman living in the Philippines, told of the hijack trip to Canton: