INTRODUCTION: Passengers who were freed from an Indonesian aircraft hijacked to Thailand by five gunmen on Saturday (28 March) returned to Jakarta on Monday (30 March) safe and well.
GV Aircraft arriving.
SV Welcoming party.
SV Aircraft and first of passengers disembark. (2 SHOTS)
GV Pressmen and welcoming crowd.
SV Hijack passengers being welcomed.
SV Passengers boarding bus.
CU Passengers in bus.
SV Convoy of buses leaves.
SV Passengers being assisted into building.
SV Passengers having meal. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Passengers who were freed from an Indonesian aircraft hijacked to Thailand by five gunmen on Saturday (28 March) returned to Jakarta on Monday (30 March) safe and well. The hijacked aircraft had been stormed by a force of Indonesian and Thai commandos.
SYNOPSIS: The freed hostages were flown from Bangkok to Jakarta Airport in another Indonesian aircraft and were met by an official government welcoming party including the Communications Minister, Rusmin Nurjadin, and the chief of the Indonesian National Security Agency, Admiral Sudomo. The 39 passengers appeared fit and well after their two-day enforced stay aboard their Garuda Dee-Cee-Nine aircraft.
The hostages said the hijackers had begun to relax shortly before the pre-dawn assault by the commandos. They had demanded the release of 80 political prisoners by the Indonesian government. Negotiators were reading over to the hijackers the names of prisoners being freed when the commandos stormed the aircraft. The pilot and an Indonesian commando were reported wounded in the attack. All the hostages were freed unhurt.
On their arrival in Jakarta, the passengers were taken by bus first to a hospital where each received a medical check-up, and then to a meeting with Indonesian officials where they talked about the hijacking. From there, they were provided with their first meal at home after their ordeal. Tribute to the successful conclusion of the incident was paid to the Thai government by both the British and United States government.