• Short Summary

    The ordeal of more than 260 people aboard a hijacked Dutch jumbo jet ended early Tuesday morning, as the passengers -- one by one -- began leaving the air -- carat at Malta's Luqa Airport.

  • Description

    The ordeal of more than 260 people aboard a hijacked Dutch jumbo jet ended early Tuesday morning, as the passengers -- one by one -- began leaving the air -- carat at Malta's Luqa Airport.

    The KLM Boeingh 747 was hijacked Sunday (25 November) while on a flight from Amsterdam to Tokyo. After taking control of the airliner over Iraq, the hijackers forced the Dutch pilot to land first at Damascus and then at Nicosia, Cyprus, before flying on to Tripoli early Monday (26 November) morning. Later in the day, they flew on to the small airstrip in malta.

    The hijackers -- there were reported to be at least three -- agreed to release the passengers after being told that the plane could not lift off safely with them aboard.

    The gunmen said they would release half of the passengers when the first 13,000 gallons of the necessary 27,000 gallons of fuel had been pumped aboard, with the rest being released at completion of the refuelling operation.

    Of the more than 240 passengers, 173 were Japanese, but there were also people of several other nationalities aboard.

    While the hijack drama was being played out over the Mediterranean, the Deputy President of KLM Airlines in Amsterdam, Mr J.F.H. De Soet,was relaying reports to gathered newsmen.

    SYNOPSIS: As the drama of the airline hijacking was being played out over the Mediterranean on Monday, reporters waited anxiously at the headquarters of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines in Amsterdam. Airline Deputy President J.F.H. De Soet was asked about the situation when the plane was in Tripoli.

    The hijackers ordered the plane to Malta where -- after tense negotiations -- it was agreed to release the two-hundred and forty-seven passengers in exchange for fuel. All the passengers were reported released, but the final destination and the fate of the crew is still not known.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADWMJVD35UQDGTZOJOWRTQ79QA
    Media URN:
    VLVADWMJVD35UQDGTZOJOWRTQ79QA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/11/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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