• Short Summary

    THE PILOT OF THE EL AL AIRLINER ATTACKED BY ARAB COMMANDOS AT ZURICH LAST NIGHT (TUESDAY) IS SERIOUSLY ILL AFTER AN EMERGENCY OPERATION TO REMOVE SUB-MACHINE GUN BULLETS FROM HIS STOMACH.

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    THE PILOT OF THE EL AL AIRLINER ATTACKED BY ARAB COMMANDOS AT ZURICH LAST NIGHT (TUESDAY) IS SERIOUSLY ILL AFTER AN EMERGENCY OPERATION TO REMOVE SUB-MACHINE GUN BULLETS FROM HIS STOMACH.

    AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT ZURICH POLICE HEADQUARTERS - WHERE THE ATTACKERS' WEAPONS WERE ON DISPLAY - MR. GIDEON RAFAEL, DIRECTOR OF THE ISRAELI FOREIGN MINISTRY, WHO WAS ABOARD THE AIRLINER, THANKED THE SWISS POLICE FOR THEIR HANDLING OF THE AFFAIR.

    THE ATTACKERS - THREE MEN AND A WOMAN - FIRED BURST WITH SUB-MACHINE GUNS AN THREW EXPLOSIVES AT THE PLANE, A BOEING 720, AS IT WAS ABOUT TO TURN ONTO THE MAIN AIRPORT RUNWAY FOR TAKE-OFF.

    ONE EXPLOSIVE DEVICE THROWN AT THE AIRCRAFT FELL SHORT AND BURNED OUT HARMLESSLY, BUT THE SMOKE ALERTED THE CONTROL TOWER.

    THE ATTACKERS DROVE A LIGHT-COLOURED VOLKSWAGEN CAR WHICH THEY PARKED BEHIND A BANK OF SNOW SWEPT FROM THE TARMAC WHEN THE CAR WAS SEARCHED IT WAS FOUND TO CONTAIN THREE MORE BAGS OF EXPLOSIVES AND A NUMBER OF HAND GRENADES, AND A COPY OF A BOOK - "THE ARABS IN ISRAEL".

    ALTHOUGH SIX MEMBERS OF THE CREW WERE HURT, THE PASSENGERS WERE UNHARMED AND LEFT THE AIRCRAFT THROUGH A REAR ESCAPE SHUTE. ONE OF THE ATTACKERS WAS SHOT DEAD BY AN ARMED PASSENGER. THE OTHER THREE ARE IN CUSTODY. THE POPULAR FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF PALESTINE HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABV27TOLSALYZD5LQ6UZ72ZFRC
    Media URN:
    VLVABV27TOLSALYZD5LQ6UZ72ZFRC
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/02/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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