Jet Hostages Rescued and Hijacker Held after Nine-Hour Drama: A nine-hour hijack drama ended safely, early on Wednesday
Jet Hostages Rescued and Hijacker Held after Nine-Hour Drama: A nine-hour hijack drama ended safely, early on Wednesday Morning (8/1/75) with five hostages free and unhurt, and a hijacker under arrest. The man grabbed by police when the BAC 1-11 jet he had hijacked touched down at Stansted Airport, Essex. Still struggling the man was taken under huge escort to the airport police station- where he was found to be unarmed. He carried only a replica gun and he had no explosives on him .Yet since early the previous afternoon the mad had terrorised the five crew members of the jet which had arrived at London's Heathrow Airport on a domestic flight from Manchester. The man had threatened to kill all crew unless he was paid ??100,000 ransom and flown to France. His terms were excepted after hours of nerve- racking negotiations as the plane waited on the Heathrow tarmac. During that time the forty-six passengers from Manchester were released... and a trap was set. For a while the money which was put abroad was genuine, the offer to fly him to France was a bluff. He was to be flown to Stansted where police lay in wait. The trick nearly failed when the man realised he was not flying to France. He demanded a car and clear road to Dover, but was captured by police as he left the plane. There was only one casualty. Chief Steward Alan Bond was bitten by one of the police dogs at Stansted. The BAC 1-11 jet waits on the tarmac during the dramatic negotiations at Heathrow. January 1975 P004003
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