• Short Summary

    THE ALARMING INCREASE IN HIJACKING WAS CONDEMNED AS POTENTIAL PREMEDITATED MASS MANSLAUGHTER BY THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA) DIRECTOR-GENERAL KNUT HAMMARSKJOELD TODAY (MONDAY).

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    CONFERENCE BUILDING; PRINCE CLAUS ARRIVES; PRINCE BERNHARD ARRIVES; PRINCES WITH LEADING DELEGATES; IATA RETIRING CHAIRMAN SPEAKING; PRINCE BERNHARD SPEAKING; HAMMARSKJOELD PRESENTED WITH MEDAL; HAMMARSKJOELD SPEAKING.




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    Background: THE ALARMING INCREASE IN HIJACKING WAS CONDEMNED AS POTENTIAL PREMEDITATED MASS MANSLAUGHTER BY THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA) DIRECTOR-GENERAL KNUT HAMMARSKJOELD TODAY (MONDAY). HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE ASSOCIATION'S 25TH ANNUAL MEETING IN AMSTERDAM, BEFORE AN AUDIENCE OF TOP AIRLINE EXECUTIVES, TOGETHER WITH PRINCE BERNHARD AND PRINCE CLAUS OF THE NETHERLANDS.

    THIS LATEST CONDEMNATION OF HIJACKING CAME ONLY THE DAY AFTER TWO YOUNG EAST GERMANS HAD FORCED A POLISH AIRLINER TO LAND IN WEST BERLIN. MR. HAMMARSKJOELD TOLD OVER 300 TOP DELEGATES FROM 103 MEMBER AIRLINES THAT THE ONLY SOLUTION TO HIJACKING LAY IN THE HANDS OF WORLD GOVERNMENTS.

    THROUGHOUT THE OPENING MORNING SESSION OF THE CONFERENCE, DELEGATES DENOUNCED HIJACKING AND CALLED ON GOVERNMENTS TO REDOUBLE EFFORTS TO STAMP OUT WHAT IATA'S RETIRING PRESIDENT, PROFESSOR GERHARD HOLTJE, DESCRIBED AS A MODERN FORM OF PIRACY.

    MR. HAMMARSKJOELD WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE "EPIDEMIC" OF HIJACKINGS WAS DAMAGING THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY'S NORMAL SAFETY MARGINS. SO FAR, THE AIRLINES HAD BEEN FORTUNATE IN AVOIDING A SERIOUS TRAGEDY, BUT UNLESS INTERNATIONAL ACTION WAS TAKEN TO SAFEGUARD AIR OPERATIONS, SUCH A TRAGEDY WOULD BE INEVITABLE.

    ON THE SUBJECT OF AIR FARES, MR. HAMMARSKJOELD FORECAST THAT NO SIGNIFICANT REDUCTIONS COULD BE EXPECTED UNTIL PRESENT UNFAVOURABLE FINANCIAL TRENDS IN THE INDUSTRY HAD BEEN REVERSED. SOME INCREASED CHARGES MIGHT EVEN BE NECESSARY. HE ALSO WARNED THAT THE ADVENT OF JUNBO JETS MIGHT CREATE A SERVICE ON WORLD AIR ROUTES THAT OUTSTRIPPED DEMAND.

    PRINCE BERNHARD WAS ALSO AMONG THE SPEAKERS AT THE OPENING SESSION, DURING WHICH MR. HAMMARSKJOELD WAS PRESENTED WITH A MEDAL OF HONOUR BY DUTCH STATE TRANSPORT SECRETARY, MR. M.J. KEYZER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA102E6XFKPW7RTYM2MR83DF337
    Media URN:
    VLVA102E6XFKPW7RTYM2MR83DF337
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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