Four Tanzanians who hijacked a Boeing 737 airliner with 96 people aboard surrendered to British police on Sunday (28 February) after a 26-hour siege of Stansted airport, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) outside London.
GV PAN Hijacked Tanzanian airliner taking off from Athens airport.
CU Sign pointing to Stansted airport PAN TO GV OF police directing traffic away from turnoff road. (2 SHOTS)
GV Landing strip at Stansted.
SV Caravan in which police have made temporary HQ at airport
GV Plans, PAN TO police gathering at airport.
GV Plane on runway, ambulance driving to plane to take off pregnant woman, then driving away. (3 SHOTS)
GV Plane on runway at night, policeman walking, and guiding relatives of the hostages to waiting rooms. (3 SHOTS)
GV Buses arriving to take hostages away if they were released.
GV Fuel tanker going to refuel the plane's heating system. (2 SHOTS)
GV ZOOM IN TO Window, view of police being briefed inside room.
SV Tailplane of hijacked plane jutting above airport building.
SV Police officers in gasmasks searching through rubbish brought off plane in case hostages have tried to smuggled out messages. (2 SHOTS)
SV Police chief Robert Bunyard talking to journalists, CUT TO GV OF plane.
TRANSCRIPT: BUNYARD: (SEQ 13)"It was made quite clear -- it was unanimous decision - that as the plane had arrived here we would never let it go again, that we would end the incident here, but that we would use our traditional methods or using negotiation to bring it to a peaceful conclusion."
REPORTER: "Were any concessions made, or promises made in the end to got them out?"
BUNYARD: "No, the only promise we made was that if they gave themselves up to the British police and the British police would treat them fairly and they would become subject to British justice. And we were able to reassure them that would be all right. And it was for that, that they finally gave up. And in a way that's what makes me proudest of all."
REPORTER: "In what manner did they finally come off?"
BUNYARD: "They came off with their families. They sent their arms ahead of them so we knew they were unarmed and came off with their families. And perhaps they were as relieved as we were when the thing was over."
NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY CONTAINS A COMMENTARY BY THE BBC'S CHRISTOPHER MORRIS, MICHAEL BUERK AND BRIAN HANRAHAN, WHICH CAN BE USED IF NEEDED.
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Background: Four Tanzanians who hijacked a Boeing 737 airliner with 96 people aboard surrendered to British police on Sunday (28 February) after a 26-hour siege of Stansted airport, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) outside London. The Tanzanians, who were demanding the resignation of Tanzania's President Julius Nyerere, took over thee plans while it was on an internal flight across Tanzania. They forced the pilot to fly to Britain, via Nairobi, Jeddah, and Athens. British police sealed off the airport and refused to refuel the plane despite a threat to blow it up. The hijackers later released a pregnant woman then agreed to release their hostages in small groups. A hijacker's two ten-year-old children left the plane to give the hijackers' weapons to the police. These were found to be mostly fakes. The British Prime Minister, Mrs Margaret Thatcher, said that his incident showed hijackers that Britain would not give in to them.