• Short Summary

    After a flight form the Untied States, via Canada, Newfoundland and Iceland, the domestic American airliner, hi-jacked by six Croatian extremists, landed at Charles de Gaulle airport in France on saturday (11 September).

  • Description

    After a flight form the Untied States, via Canada, Newfoundland and Iceland, the domestic American airliner, hi-jacked by six Croatian extremists, landed at Charles de Gaulle airport in France on saturday (11 September).

    SYNOPSIS: The plane had landed at Gander in Newfoundland, after being diverted to Montreal. At Gander the hijackers released 31 passengers - here arriving back at Chicago. The plane - a Boeing 727 - had been commandeered shortly after leaving New York's La Guardia airport. At Gander it was refuelled before setting off across the Atlantic for Iceland. It then took off from Keflavick for London, England.

    At London airport, strict security measures were brought into force once it was learned there was a possibility of the plane landing there. It had been accompanied across the atlantic by another American jet airliner, and this plane was still with it when it reached London. Neither plane landed at Heathrow, but they dropped leaflets on the capital, supporting the hi-jackers' cause. They then flew on to Paris.

    The hi-jacked plane made a similar run over Paris, and again dropped leaflets, before landing at Charles de Gaulle Airport. The leaflets explained the reasons why the Croatian extremists are demanding independence from Yugoslavia.

    Two-and-a-half hours after the plane landed, it was reported that the french airport police had been in radio contact with the hi-jackers. The hi-jackers had asked if they were petting good publicity.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADJ3F3EW49SHQM4CM82OMRC9N5
    Media URN:
    VLVADJ3F3EW49SHQM4CM82OMRC9N5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/09/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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