Arab commandos continued to hold 54 hostages hidden in Amman on Monday(14 Sept) as the focus of the hijack crisis shifted from the airstrip in Jordan where the jets had landed to the international effort to obtain the release of hostages and concern over their condition.
SV Wreckage with Arabs and donkey in b/g
SV Arab looks at wreckage
LV Troops inspecting damage
LV Iraqui troops arrive and look at damage.
LV PAN over wreckage (2 shots)
TV Papal delegate out of car.
GV Amman buildings.
SV Papa; delegate out of building and speaks to cameraman.
TV Down steps and towards car.
CU TWA co-pilot and engineer at press conference.
CU Dutch engineer.
SEQ. 10: ENGINEER: "There's been no pilfering, no stealing, and we've questioned each passenger, examined as to what was taken and the only things that were confiscated were Israeli products. Other than that, even valuable items, weren't taken."
CO-PILOT: We stayed there while they went through the baggage, and the crew watched them go through the baggage. Nothing was taken other than things purchased in that land. We watched them take things out of the suitcases. We have our watches, we have our wallets with all of our money. They have taken nothing from us. They have been very good to us.
QUESTION: Did you ask for this press conference?
GUERRILLA (OFF CAMERA) No answer to that question: Otherwise you'll be out. Reasonable questions.
ENGINEER: We weren't intimidated or instructed in any way.
CO-PILOT: Not in any way, and I wish you'd all accent that"
SEQ. 11: DUTCH ENGINEER: "The possibility existed that the women was being passed out from England to Holland. She was entering the plane at Amsterdam. So it was undecided whether it was on British territory or Dutch territory."
QUESTION: Did they talk about a trick being involved between the British and the Dutch?
DUTCHMAN: I don't know.
QUESTION: How were you treated?
QUESTION: Will you ever fly back to these parts?
DUTCHMAN: Oh yeah, I have to. I'm working here.
QUESTION: You live in Jordan?
DUTCHMAN: The only thing is that I'm flying back on the 8th of October so i hope it's only day don't do it against (LAUGHTER).
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Background: Arab commandos continued to hold 54 hostages hidden in Amman on Monday(14 Sept) as the focus of the hijack crisis shifted from the airstrip in Jordan where the jets had landed to the international effort to obtain the release of hostages and concern over their condition.
At Dawson's field known by the commandos as Revolution airfield, where the hijacked aircraft had been forced to land, all that remained of the drama was the wreckage of the three aircraft -- blown up by the guerrillas on Sunday. Local Arabs and members of Iraqi forces stationed in Jordan were among visitors to look at what was left on 20 million sterling's worth ($48 million) of modern aircraft.
While Red Cross continued its efforts to secure the release of the remaining 54 hostages held by the commandos, the special Papal envoy to Jordan has returned to Rome after unsuccessfully negotiating with the guerrillas on Sunday (13 Sept). The Envoy was to have gone on to Israel but cut short his visit when it seemed his mission had failed.
Two of the hostages still being held by the guerrillas, the co-pilot and engineer of the hijacked TWA Boeing, spoke to a press conference on Sunday (13 Sept) and first answered questions on whether anything had been taken from them by the commandos:
Among passengers who have been set free was a Dutch engineer who was asked why he was not released earlier and whether this connected with the arrest of an Arab girl by British authorities after an alleged hi-jack attempt.
The hijack situation has been further complicated by the arrest of 450 Arab commandos suspects rounded up by Israeli authorities during the Weekend. Seventy-five of the suspects have now been released but the arrests may affect attempts to secure the release of the aircraft hostages.