INTRODUCTION: The hijacking of a Turkish airliner ended on Monday (25 May) when Bulgarian police lured two of the group who had taken the crew and passengers hostage out of the plane while passengers attacked their companions.
SV Turkish jet on tarmac with Red Cross ambulance parked alongside passenger door."
GV Armed police running across tarmac towards plane.
SV Two hijackers being escorted into airport lounge.
SV Armed police PAN TO Turkish airliner and police moving towards plane. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN ALONG Aircraft and police.
SV Hijacked in bloodstained teeshirt taken into airport lounge.
LV Fourth hijacker being led down steps of plane and escorted away.
SV Released passengers being greeted by relatives. (2 SHOTS)
CU official talking to released passengers.
GV Passengers leaving airport bus and walking to terminal building. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The hijacking of a Turkish airliner ended on Monday (25 May) when Bulgarian police lured two of the group who had taken the crew and passengers hostage out of the plane while passengers attacked their companions. The action which freed the DC-9 took place nearly 31 hours after the plane had been forced to land at the Black Sea port of Burgas.
SYNOPSIS: 120 people had boarded the plane the day before on a routine internal flight from Istanbul to Ankara.
By Monday morning (25 May) the hijackers had set their fourth deadline: Either Turkey freed 47 prisoners and paid $500,000 (GBP238,000) - or the jet would be blown up with all on board. Turkish security forces responded by offering the hijackers a press conference in the airport departure lounge. It was a ruse. As soon as two of the quartet who had taken the plane were on the tarmac, they were seized and rushed away for interrogation.
Then the pilot began to taxi down the runway. The Bulgarian News Agency BTA said later that their authorities had taken "energetic" measures which had stopped the plane. But a different version of these events was to be revealed later by the passengers and crew who began their day by writing farewell letters to relatives at their captors' insistence.
The hijackers were later identified as members of one of many leftwing factions who oppose Turkey's military rulers. The pair who were left aboard the airliner were overcome by Turkish passengers. Both were severely beaten - this man jumped from the plane to escape the passengers' wrath.
One of them fired wildly at the passengers as they came for him.
Later the freed hostage gave their version of events aboard the aircraft. According to them, the sudden braking of the plane had been no accident. The pilot had done it deliberately, they said in an attempt to throw the gunmen off balance - an attempt which had proved successful. Five of the passengers were hurt, two seriously enough to warrant hospital treatment. But by Tuesday (26 May) morning all the others were back at Istanbul after the ordeal which had begun when air hostess Asuman Yilderim faced an armed man at the cockpit door.