A VC-10 jet aircraft of British Airways was set on fire at Amsterdam Airport in the Netherlands on Sunday (March 3) after being hijacked on a flight from Beirut to London.
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Background: A VC-10 jet aircraft of British Airways was set on fire at Amsterdam Airport in the Netherlands on Sunday (March 3) after being hijacked on a flight from Beirut to London.
There were 92 passengers and ten crew aboard the aircraft when it was hijacked by two men shortly after leaving Beirut. They ordered the pilot to fly to Amsterdam, and although airport authorities there refused it permission to land, the aircraft touched down shortly after 1700 GMT.
Soon afterwards, the hijackers splashed whisky along the gangway and over seats near an airline bag of explosives.
They ordered the passengers to remove their shoes and step into the gangway holding their shoes above their heads. One passenger said the aircraft cabin was filled with the fumes of whisky as the passengers were ordered to slide do an emergency chute at the front exit of the aircraft.
The two hijackers were the last to leave. They waited about 50 yards (metres) away on the tarmac as Dutch fire engines, police and troops in tanks raced towards the burning cabin. The hijackers, who had announced they belonged to the "Youth National Liberation Front", were arrested by police.
Two passengers were slightly injured -- one man suffered a heart attack and was carried from the aircraft.
A reporter, Peter Hopkirk of "The Times" of London, was aboard the hijacked aircraft. He said the hijackers told him they seized the British jet because, they claimed, "American aircraft flew from Heathrow Airport during the November war and flew across the Egyptian Sea and spied on Egyptian forces.