A man who tried to hi-jack a Boeing 747 of Pakistan International Airlines on Thursday (2 March) was seriously injured when a grenade went off in his hand during a scuffle.
SV PULL TO GV: PIA jumbo on tarmac to terminal building.
SV: Pakistan jet parked on tarmac (2 shots)
CU: airport sign PULL BACK TO terminal.
MV: injured hijacker being wheeled on stretcher.
MV: General Zia speaking to Abdul Malik who overpowered the hijacker
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Background: A man who tried to hi-jack a Boeing 747 of Pakistan International Airlines on Thursday (2 March) was seriously injured when a grenade went off in his hand during a scuffle. The man tried to seize the aircraft about fifteen minutes after it left Islamabad for Karachi.
SYNOPSIS: After the man was overpowered, the airliner was able to return to Islamabad with its 231 passengers. Eye witnesses said the hi-jacker had produced the grenade, then demanded the flight be diverted. As he made his demand, he was seized by another passenger and the grenade went off.
The hi-jacker, named as Said Hussain, was taken from the plane in serious condition. Police said later they could give no clue to his motive. Only one other passenger was seriously injured.
Later the Army Chief of Staff, General Zia visited the hospital to thank the man who had successfully foiled the hi-jack attempt. The airliner, which was only slightly damaged, was later able to resume its flight to Karachi.