INTRODUCTION: Commando troops rescued all but one of the 44 hostages held aboard a hijacked Indonesian airliner on Monday (30 March) when they stormed the aircraft at Bangkok Airport.
GV Hijack at craft on tarmac at Bangkok airport
GV British passenger Wainwright running across tarmac and assisted by police (2 shots)
GV Land-rover carrying escaped passenger
SV INT Wainwright with police and members of press walking through airport lounge
GV Petrol tanker moving alongside hijacked aircraft followed by armed men
GV Land-rover moving along runway near aircraft
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Commando troops rescued all but one of the 44 hostages held aboard a hijacked Indonesian airliner on Monday (30 March) when they stormed the aircraft at Bangkok Airport. One of the passengers, a four year old child, and three hijackers were killed in the brief fighting. Two other hijackers, said to be Moslem extremists, were captured.
SYNOPSIS: The Garuda Airways DC-9 was parked in blistering heat in a secluded part of Bangkok Airport after being seized on a domestic flight in Indonesia. Tension was heightened on Sunday (29 March) when British businessman Mr. Robert Wainwright, aged 27, jumped from a rear exit before the hijackers could stop him. He ran to freedom across the tarmac and was given protection by security forces.
Mr. Wainwright was reported to have escaped by forcing open the emergency exit while the hijackers were in the forward section. He injured a leg in the escape. Officials said later a second passenger, an American, had been shot and thrown from the aircraft. He had been rescued by security forces and taken to hospital.
The rescues followed a day of negotiating with the hijackers during which they said they wanted 84 political prisoners released. They later amended this to 80 prisoners and demanded a ransom of 1.5 million United States dollars for the 44 hostages.