Two men, said to be armed with guns and dynamist forced a South African Airways Boeing 727 jetliner to fly to Malawi on Wednesday (24 May).
GV Boeing 727 on tarmac
SV Cockpit of aircraft
SV Sign "Tugela"
TILT UP TO South African flag
SV Writing of fuselage "South African Airways"
SV Sign "Abidjan" over airport building PAN TO aircraft on Tarmac
Initials SGM/0225 SGM/0215
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Background: Two men, said to be armed with guns and dynamist forced a South African Airways Boeing 727 jetliner to fly to Malawi on Wednesday (24 May). There were five hostages aboard the aircraft when it landed at Blantyre in a hijacking whose aim was a mystery. The hijacking took place while the airliner was on a flight from Salisbury to Johannesburg. This film, from the Visnews Library, shows a South African Airways Boeing 727 which flew to Abidjan in June, 1971. Wednesday's incident marked the first time a South African Airways 'plane was involved in a hijack.
It was reported that the two men threatened to blow up the aircraft if the pilot didn't fly them to Tananarive, capital of the Malagasy Republic, or the Seychelles. But the pilot said there wasn't enough fuel for the flight, so the aircraft returned to Salisbury for re-fuelling.
The airliner set off again this time for Blantyre, after the hijackers has selected hostages from among the 50 passengers.
It was reported from Blantyre, that President Kamuza Banda of Malawi was being consulted before any information about the hijacking was released.
The hijacking is the second over Africa in 12 months. Last June, two Portuguese Army officers forced a passenger 'plane to fly from Portuguese Angola to Pointe-Noire, in the People's Republic of the Congo.
SYNOPSIS: A South African Airways Boeing 727 jetliner was hijacked on a flight from Salisbury to Johannesburg on Monday and ultimately forced to fly to Malawi. The 'plane was similar to this one which flew to Abidjan last June. The hijacking's purpose was a mystery when the aircraft landed in Blantyre with five hostages. Two armed men ordered the 'plane flown to Tananarive or the Seychelles, but there wasn't enough fuel. So the aircraft returned to Salisbury for re-fuelling. Hostages were selected and the 'plane flew to Malawi.