In Ireland, the hijacker of two American Airlines planes has surrendered to police after a flight across the Atlantic.
GV: American Airlines hijacked aircraft on runway at Chicago (2 shots)
CU: still photograph of Nikola Kavaja. (2 shots) (Black and White)
GV AND SV: plane on runway and hostages stepping out from plane and New York. (2 shots)
SV: relatives greeting hostages and hostage speaking on telephone. (2 shots)
CU: hostage being interviewed in English
GV: Plane taxing on runway at Shannon Airport, Ireland.
GV: plane on runway with ramp down
SV INTERIOR: newsmen taking notes as voice of hijacker's lawyer gives instructions in English. English.
GV: plane on runway
GV AND PAN: hijacker in black car leaving airport area followed by army vehicles. (2 shots)
CASTLEBERRY: "When American Airlines flight number two-nine three landed in Chicago around noon, only a few people knew the plane had been hijacked. The pilot informed the tower that one of the one hundred and twenty-nine passengers had commandeered the seven-twenty-seven jet. He was identified as forty-five year-old Nikola Kavaja and was carrying two plastic cylinders he claimed were bombs. kavaja was demanding the release of a fellow Serbian nationalist being held in the Chicago Federal jail and safe passage to Peru.
After five hours of negotiate with the FBI, Kavaja released the one hundred and twenty-eight passengers, along with four crew members. Some immediately contacted anxious relatives.
PASSENGER: "... he just sat on the plane for five hours (indistinct) what's going on? (indistinct) I got king of scared for a while."
SECOND PASSENGER: "We just heard strange sounds."
REPORTER: "What were the sounds?"
SECOND PASSENGER: "It was a foreign language. And then my husband said, we're being hijacked, I can see the man holding the two bombs (indistinct) he sat there quiet...he watched the whole thing."
REPORTER: "Were you afraid?"
SECOND PASSENGER: "I was scared to death."
BRASHICH: "Let me repeat what I'm going to do. I am going to walk out with the detonating device and turn them over to whoever is going to be down at the ramp. Then I'm to walk back up the ramp and pick up my client and walk down the ramp again and surrender my client to the authorities."
REPORTER: JACKIE CASTLEBERRY
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Background: In Ireland, the hijacker of two American Airlines planes has surrendered to police after a flight across the Atlantic. The Serbian hijacker was carrying a satchel of dynamite, but Irish police arrested him with little difficulty. The drama began on Wednesday (20 June) when the Serbian nationalist, Nikola Kavaja, hijacked an American Airlines Boeing 727 on a flight from new York to Chicago. The hijacker was due to be sentenced in a United States court for plotting to kill Yugoslav diplomats. After releasing the planes' passengers in Chicago, he forced the three-man crew to fly him back to New York. There he commandeered a long-range plane with another crew. The plane landed at Shannon Airport in Ireland on Thursday (21 June). Reporter Jackie Castleberry takes up the story from Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
SYNOPSIS: After six hour flight across the Atlantic, the hijacked plane was taxiing on Irish soil. The first man to step down from the plane was Kavaja's lawyer -- Deyan Ramko Brashich. He had been with his client from the start of the drama.
Brashich told police -- and waiting reporters -- of his plans.
The lawyer did exactly as he had promised. Minutes later his client -- Nikola Kavaja -- quietly surrendered himself to waiting police and was taken into custody.