• Short Summary

    EIGHT PRIEST WERE AMONG 20 PASSENGERS WHO THIS AFTERNOON RETURNED TO PARIS FROM ALGIERS, WHERE THEY HAD BEEN DELAYED AFTER THE HI-JACKING DURING THE NIGHT OF THE ISRAEL AIRLINER EL AL FLIGHT FROM ROME TO LYDDA.

  • Description

    EIGHT PRIEST WERE AMONG 20 PASSENGERS WHO THIS AFTERNOON RETURNED TO PARIS FROM ALGIERS, WHERE THEY HAD BEEN DELAYED AFTER THE HI-JACKING DURING THE NIGHT OF THE ISRAEL AIRLINER EL AL FLIGHT FROM ROME TO LYDDA. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE AIRLINER SAID TONIGHT THAT 15 ISRAELI PASSENGERS AND 10 CREW WERE BEING HELD IN ALGERIA.

    THE AIRCRAFT WAS TAKEN OVER AT GUNPOINT BY THREE GRIM-FACED BANDITS WHO WERE SAID TO HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR A PALESTINIAN GUERILLA ORGANISATION. BOTH THE PILOTS AND CO-PILOT WERE SAID TO HAVE BEEN INJURED AND MALE PASSENGERS WERE FORCED TO PUT THEIR HANDS BEHIND THEIR HEADS.

    THE PASSENGERS ARRIVING IN PARIS SAID THE HI-JACKERS, AGED BETWEEN 25-35, SEEMED UNCONCERNED FOR THEIR OWN PERSONAL SAFETY. ONE SPOKE GOOD ENGLISH AND ANOTHER WAS ABLE TO TAKE OVER THE CONTROLS OF THE AIRCRAFT.

    WHEN THE AIRCRAFT LANDED IN ALGIERS POLICE WERE WAITING AND THE PASSENGERS WERE TAKEN TO THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR, THEY SAID THEY HAD BEEN TREATED COURTEOUSLY.

    ONE OF THE PRIEST, FATHER EUGENIO D'ALLESANDRO FROM ITALY, TOLD NEWSMEN THAT ONE OF THE GUNMEN DIPPED HIS FINGER INTO A POOL OF BLOOD FROM THE INJURED CAPTAIN AND SAID -" ISRAELI BLOOD TASTE GOOD".

    ANOTHER PASSENGER, MR. JORGEN BACHE, 37 MANAGING DIRECTOR OF DANISH AGRICULTURE CONSULTANTS FIRM, FELL ASLEEP AFTER TAKING OFF FROM ROME. HE AWOKE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HI-JACKED. MR. BACHE SAID....

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    Film ID:
    VLVADP394454R7FE5QR6Q78NVQW8U
    Media URN:
    VLVADP394454R7FE5QR6Q78NVQW8U
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/07/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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