The 44 passengers aboard a hijacked Soviet airliner left the Turkish town of Trabzon yesterday (Friday October the 16th) to return to the Soviet Union.
GV Soviet crewmen walk from relief airliner
MV Soviet crewman checks engine nacelle of aircraft
MV Crewman looks at wheel
SV Crewmen and officials across tarmac (2 shots)
SV Returning passengers leave airport building
SV Passengers boarding aircraft
SV More passengers board
SV Passengers board
SV PAN..Ambulance (carrying body) arrives
MV Child looking out of cabin window
MV & SV Coffin loaded onto aircraft (3 shots)
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Background: The 44 passengers aboard a hijacked Soviet airliner left the Turkish town of Trabzon yesterday (Friday October the 16th) to return to the Soviet Union. With them went the body of air hostess Mess Nadeja Konchenko, killed in the gunbattle when the airliner was taken over in mid-air on Thursday.
Turkish authorities are holding a 46-year-old man, names as Fransizskas Koreyevo, and his 15-year-old son Argedas, said to be the hijackers.
The pilot of the hijacked airliner, Captain Valeri Adeshev, and co-pilot Georgi Chatrakiya, remained in hospital in Tabzon where they were said to be making good progress after having operations. Both received bullet wounds, the captain being wounded in the chest and the co-pilot in the leg.
The hijacking occurred on Thursday (October the 15th) while the aircraft was on a short flight in the Soviet Union between Batumi and Sukhumi. The hijackers forced the co-pilot to fly to the Turkish Black sea resort of Trabzon.
Turkish authorities handed over the hijacked Ilyushin 18 turbo-prop airliner, but it was not able to leave immediately because of flat batteries and a relief aircraft arrived for the passengers.
The hijacking has presented Turkey with a delicate diplomatic problem. The hijackers have asked for political asylum and Turkey has, in the past, rarely refused requests for asylum from refugees from Communist countries. But the question is complicated this time because of its implications for Turkey's relations with the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union has asked for the return of the hijackers.