The sixteen hijacked hostages who were found by Jordanian soldiers in an Amman refugee camp on Friday (Sept 25), arrived AT London Airport tonight (Saturday, 26 Sept) to a tumultuous welcome.
LV Hostages down steps of aircraft.
SV PAN Hostages across tarmac (2 shots)
SCU INT Photographers.
SV Press around BOAC Captain.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 5: Reporter: "Do you feel--did you feel-- that perhaps they were going to kill you?"
Capt. Goulbourne: "We had a vague idea that might possibly."
Reporter: "What happened then?"
Capt. Goulbourne:"They told us, quite sensibly, to open our mouths because of the blasts from the aeroplane--or the aeroplanes--I must say the blowing up of three aeroplanes is quite spectacular, I suppose it is rather expensive. Then they took us--or they started to drive the cars, or the convoys, away. There seemed to be rather an argument between the driver and one or two of the other commandos in the car--or bus--which worried us for a short time until we realised it was merely over which way to cross the rather muddy road. Then there was a bit of an argument with the Jordanian Army, I don't know really what the argument was about. At that point it was quite exciting, they pointed guns at us. I don't know if you've ever had a gun pointed at you, but it is worrying."
Reporter: "Why did they point the gun at you? Were they threatening to kill you?"
Capt. Goulbourne: "I really don't know."
Reporter:"Did you feel that you were being led away to be taken hostage or that your lives were seriously in danger then?"
Capt. Goulbourne: "Well it is fairly obvious that in any development that the commandos didn't feel that they could contain, years they would have, obviously. It it had been their advantage to kill us, I think they would have killed us.
??? They are a very determined people. I think that everybody here, and everybody in the world should realise they are extremely determined people. I don't think you do realise it, but they are."
Reporter: "Where did you spend the last sixteen days Captain ?"
Capt. Goulbourne: "Knocking around Amman I suppose."
Initials PAF/PN/CO/4.24 PAF/PN/CO/4.33
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Background: The sixteen hijacked hostages who were found by Jordanian soldiers in an Amman refugee camp on Friday (Sept 25), arrived AT London Airport tonight (Saturday, 26 Sept) to a tumultuous welcome. Captain Cyril Goulbourne, the pilot of the hijacked BOAC VC-1O, spoke to reporters about their time with the guerrillas.
The hostages were found in the Wadhat refugee camp, a guerrilla stronghold in Amman which had been heavily shelled by the Jordanian Army since the civil war began. They had been held hostage by the guerrillas of the popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) since their BOAC VC-IO was hijacked on September 9. The VC-IO has flown to Dawson's field in northern Jordan where it was later blown up with two other jet aircraft.
The women and children from the aircraft had been released previously by the guerrillas: the sixteen who arrived in London tonight were part of the 54 hostages retained. The remaining 38 hostages are being released by the guerrillas, it has been announced.