INTRODUCTION: Polish hi-jackers surrendered to the West German authorities after forcing a Polish Lot Airliners plane to land at Tempelhof Airport in West Berlin on Friday (18 September).
LV Soldiers removing hi-jackers from plane.
GV Trucks arriving to remove hi-jackers, fire engines standing by.
GV Hi-jackers being dragged into truck.
GV PAN TO LV Passengers boarding bus.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Polish hi-jackers surrendered to the West German authorities after forcing a Polish Lot Airliners plane to land at Tempelhof Airport in West Berlin on Friday (18 September). The jet was hi-jacked by ten people, who threatened the crew with petrol bombs. It was the first hi-jacking since authorities drastically stepped up security at Polish airports.
SYNOPSIS: The plane was on an internal flight from Katowice to Warsaw when it was hi-jacked by ten people armed with petrol bombs. The airliner was forced to land in West Berlin's Tempelhof Airport in the American sector of the city. The hi-jackers surrendered to the West German authorities. Fire engines stood by in case of an emergency. But the hi-jackers surrendered peacefully and lay on the ground as trucks arrived to remove them. Polish state radio said they had threatened to murder one of the stewardesses on board and had tied her up.
A U.S. military spokesman said that none of the thirty-nine passengers or crew were injured. She said that the Soviet made AN 24 aircraft had been chased by an east European Fighter plane until it entered air space over West Berlin, Passengers and crew were later safely out of the aircraft she added.