The Egyptian commandos who freed 96 passengers and crew from a hijacked airliner at Luxor Airport on Monday (23 August) talked about their successful raid at a news conference in cairo the following day.
SV PAN INTERIOR Commandos who took part in hijack rescue operation standing to attention
SV Leader of commando group, seated centre
SV Newsmen seated
SV PAN Commando leader introducing each man individually (2 shots)
SCU Army interpreter speaking in English
INTERPRETER:"The way the operation took place is that it was divided into three groups. The first group or the group number one, the mission was to enter the plane as members of the plane maintenance of the airport, and to go in and to try to make some kind of an act and camouflage until they reached those persons who began this trouble, and to try to fight with them hand by hand with no weapons"
A fourth man has been arrested in connection with the hijacking. The semi-official Egyptian newspaper, Al-Ahran, reported the three hijackers as saying that the man, named as Mohamed Mahdi Abdullah, had helped in their arrangements to hijack the plane.
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Background: The Egyptian commandos who freed 96 passengers and crew from a hijacked airliner at Luxor Airport on Monday (23 August) talked about their successful raid at a news conference in cairo the following day.
SYNOPSIS: The commandos overpowered the three hijackers who had seized the Egyptian Boeing 737 when it was on an internal flight from Cairo to Upper Egypt. Twenty-one commandos were involved in the operation which freed the hostages unharmed.
The hijackers -- two Palestinians and an Egyptian student -- demanded the release of five men held in Cairo in connection with recent assassination attempts. Egyptian Premier Mamdouh Salem, who supervised the rescue Libyan leader colonel Muammar Gaddafi of instigating the abortive hijack -- a charge Colonel Gaddafi has denied. At the news conference, the commandos revealed that they began their final assault with a simple pre-arranged signal -- a bow by one of the group. A military interpreter explained their plan.