• Short Summary

    The latest European hijack saga ended peacefully on Monday (6 August) when three armed deserters rom the spanish Foreign Legion surrendered quietly to Swiss police at Geneva airport after arriving from Lisbon on a DC-9 of the Spanish airline Iberia.

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    The latest European hijack saga ended peacefully on Monday (6 August) when three armed deserters rom the spanish Foreign Legion surrendered quietly to Swiss police at Geneva airport after arriving from Lisbon on a DC-9 of the Spanish airline Iberia.

    SYNOPSIS: Dawn saw the plane still on the tarmac at Lisbon airport where it landed just before midnight on Sunday (5 August). The drama began at Fuerteventura airport in the Canary Islands. Just as passengers were disembarking the hijackers armed with weapons stolen from a military police patrol, stormed the plane. At first they demanded to be flown to South Africa, but that was well out of the plane's range. Morocco refused landing permission, and the plane eventually touched down at Lisbon. Portuguese riot police surrounded the plane, but the hijackers said they were not terrorists merely French deserters from the Spanish Foreign Legion who wanted to home.

    But the French authorities also refused landing permission, and after the plane was refuelled it took off again, though not before the hijackers had released ten of their hostages, following negotiations with the Swiss ambassador in Lisbon. The breakthrough came when the hijackers agreed to give themselves up in Switzerland, despite the authorities making it clear that there was no question of political asylum in a country which has pledged to make all pirates stand trial.

    Swiss authorities ordered the plane to taxi to a discussed part of a Geneva's Cointrin airport about a kilometre (half a mile) from the terminal buildings. Hostage released in Lisbon said the men told them that the hijacking was they only means of escape from the brutality of life in the Spanish Foreign Legion. Fifteen minutes after landing, the hijackers left the plane and were driven away in an armoured car. They face a maximum of twenty years in jail, but a federal justice spokesman says it is unlikely they will be extradited to face desertion charges in Spain.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAUJ2HUGL2JPZY71X1GM156CSP
    Media URN:
    VLVAUJ2HUGL2JPZY71X1GM156CSP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/08/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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