A charter aircraft, the crew and six Ghanaian diplomats were arrested at Ndjili Airport, near Leopoldville, Congo Republic, Nov 30.
LV group of soldiers and police with arrested crew and passengers by plane. Pan along plane. Various scenes of discussions going on. CU of Captain Charchad.
Prisoners move off to office of airport commandant, and prisoners in office.
Arrested men have lunch. CU pilot Petrick Kerns. Guard. Men leave restaurant.
Arrested men move past plane. Their luggage loaded into car. Prisoners move along. Board "Volkswagen" bus. Bus departs.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: A charter aircraft, the crew and six Ghanaian diplomats were arrested at Ndjili Airport, near Leopoldville, Congo Republic, Nov 30. The diplomats had flown in from Accra to restaff the Ghana Embassy in Leopoldville.
Congolese soldiers and police surrounded the "Heron" aircraft of Ghana Airways; and Captain Charchad, commander of the airfield troops, made a preliminary investigation. The Ghanaians had given no notice of their arrival to the Congolese authorities: they were sent to replace Ambassador Nathaniel Welback and other Ghanaian diplomats expelled from the Congo.
Colonel Mobutu, the Congolese Army leader, was told by telephone of the plane's arrival; and it was he who gave the order for the arrests. From the airfield, the passengers and crew were taken to the airport commandant's office, and later were given a meal. The British pilot of the "Heron" - Patrick Kerns, aged 35, of Belfast, Northern Ireland - was released Dec 1 after the British Embassy approached the Congolese authorities.
The luggage of the others was loaded into a car, and the Ghanaians were taken from the airport by bus to Kokolo (formerly Leopold) military camp. They were still detained Dec 1.