A spokesman for B.O.A.C., on behalf of the airline pilot involved, Captain Roy Bowyer, has?
GV London Airport
CU BOAC spokesman speaks (SOUND)
MV PAN & MV BOAC aircraft on ground ON LIBYA (4 SHOTS)
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CU Sudanese Ambassador speaks (SOUND)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: MEAGHER: "Malta gave him the authorisation to return to Rome, and in fact he turned around in the opposite direction through 180 degrees, and was on his way back, but before many moments had elapsed it was intimated to him on the other frequency by Benghazi or Benina, which is the same place that for the sake of the safety of the people on board he was requested to land at Benghazi airport."
REPORTER: "How strong was this request. Was it a threat? Just how much intimidation was used?"
MEAGHER: "Well, it was intimated that the safety of the people on board was involved, and I would have thought that that's fairly firm directive to land. Then they landed, I believe it was about four and possibly five, Libyan people in civilian clothes came on board, and a conversation was carried on in Arabic, which Captain Bowyer of course was not involved. The Lieutenant Colonel subsequently after a few minutes, when this conversation had been going on, came to Captain Bowyer and said that he and the Major would have to leave the aircraft in the circumstances. He shook hands with Captain Bowyer, and thanked him for all that he had done, and Captain Bowyer commented how calm they were and how composed they were."
SEQ. 5: SUDANESE AMBASSADOR: "Well I think that this is unprecedented piracy. It is not hi-jacking. Hi-jacking is always by individuals. It is piracy."
REPORTER: "By whom thought?"
SUDANESE AMBASSADOR: "I don't think it will come to this. Anyhow we will see the outcome of the whole thing. We are not clear about the situation. We see what they are gong to d now. We don't what is happening there."
REPORTERS: "Would you expect the Sudanese to mobilise their forces if the new President isn't returned"?
AMBASSADOR: "No I don't think. Anyhow, it's up to the Sudanese Government there to decide.
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We refer editors to our Production number 8369/71, also serviced today, which contains interviews with passengers in the VC-10.
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Background: A spokesman for B.O.A.C., on behalf of the airline pilot involved, Captain Roy Bowyer, has given an account of how a VC-10 bound for Khartoum was forced to land in Libya on Thursday, and a Sudanese Colonel and his aide were taken off at gun-point, while travelling from London.
A military coup in the Sudan three days ago put Lieut-colonel Babakr E1 Nur in power. At the time he was receiving medical treatment in London. Latest reports say that deposed President Jafaar E1-Nimeiry has once again resumed power in the Sudan.
Telling the story of the tense situation facing the BOAC captain in midflight, on his way south-east from Rome, is BOAC Flight Operations Chief Captain John Meagher:
This coverage also includes a telerecording of film by an amateur cameraman of the BOAC VC-10 on the ground in Benghazi, and an interview with the Sudanese ambassador in London Mr. Sayed Abdin Ismail. He gives his reaction to the incident.