In Beirut, a lone Hijacker armed with a pistol surrendered to police on Friday (18 January) after seizing a Middle East Airlines plane.
GV AND LV PAN: Hijacked aircraft on tarmac at Beirut airport
LV: Negotiators talking beneath fuselage
LV AND GV: Passengers coming out of aircraft down steps and on to bus. (2 shots)
SV INTERIOR: Authorities whisking hijacker away and police vehicles leaves. (3 shots)
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Background: In Beirut, a lone Hijacker armed with a pistol surrendered to police on Friday (18 January) after seizing a Middle East Airlines plane. He freed 82 passengers and crew who'd been on board the Boeing 707 when it was hijacked en route to Cyprus.
SYNOPSIS: The hijacker had ordered the pilot to fly to Teheran, but the plane had to turn back because it had insufficient fuel for the flight. Authorities identified the hijacker as a 24-year old Lebanese called Fuad Hmeidi.
While the plane was being refuelled at Beirut airport negotiators -- headed by Transport Minister Boutros Harb -- bargained for the release of the hostages.
They were allowed to leave when the hijacker was given permission to hold a news conference at the airport. He said he was demanding to know the fate of the head of Lebanon's Shi'ite Muslim community, who vanished on a visit to the Libyan Jamahiriyah in 1978. Lebanese Shi'ites, who belong to the same sect as the rulers of Iran have demonstrated regularly over the disappearance of Imam Moussa al-Sadr.
Hmeidi also said he wanted to draw attention to the need for the Lebanese army to deploy more troops in the south of the country, where the majority of Shi'ites live.