The eighteen-year-old hijacker of an inter-city Japan Air Lines Jumbo Jet was arrested at the Okinawan airport of Naha on Tuesday 12th March after holding passengers hostage for over seven hours.
HIJACKER ESCORTED FROM PLANE: GENERAL SCENES AROUND PLANE.
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Background: The eighteen-year-old hijacker of an inter-city Japan Air Lines Jumbo Jet was arrested at the Okinawan airport of Naha on Tuesday 12th March after holding passengers hostage for over seven hours.
Japanese law forbids the publication of the name or face of minors, and the youth was led down the air-craft's ramp by police which a scarf covering his bead to end one of the strangest incidents in hijacking history.
The captain of Flight 903 carrying 406 passengers and 20 crew from Tokyo to Naha announced just before landing in Okinawa that his craft had been hijacked. The aircraft landed, was refuelled, and women and children passengers were finally allowed off while police puzzled over the various demands made by the lone hijacker.
He Asked for the immediate delivery of $55 million plus a further $750,000 in Yen, 15 parachutes, climbing rope, 15 goggles and a shovel and pick. The captain meanwhile radiod Naha air-control his suspicions that the hijackers was perhaps mentally unstable.
All police between Naha and Tokyo were warned that the hijacker may order the aircraft returned to Tokyo and then parachute into the mountains with his money.
The remaining 264 male passengers were released and the hijacker arrested when police boarded the aircraft disguised as airline stewards.