June 28, 1976, Forty Years Ago: Plane Hijacked

An Air France spokesman in Paris said Libya officials had boarded the airbus at Benghazi airport to negotiate with six Palestinian skyjackers.

By: Editorial | Updated: June 28, 2016 12:40:13 am
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A French airliner carrying more than 80 Israelis among more than 200 passengers was skyjacked to Libya. An Air France spokesman in Paris said Libya officials had boarded the airbus at Benghazi airport to negotiate with six Palestinian skyjackers. The radical Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the skyjacking of the plane after an Athens stopover on its scheduled flight from Tel Aviv to Paris.

Target South Africa

Arab and African foreign ministers called for the ‘‘unleashing of the armed struggle” against South Africa and sent a resolution containing the language — euphemism for the guerilla war — to a drafting committee. The resolution put froward by Ghana at the annual meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) will form the basis of a final draft, which will be presented to the continent’s leaders. The resolution urged the 47 member states to give the two banned South African liberation movements — Pan African Congress and the African National Congress — “maximum political, economic and military support”. An accompanying report said, the OAU asked African nations to boycott the Montreal Olympic Games unless New Zealand was banned for its sporting links with South Africa.

China Bound

India’s ambassador-designate to China, K.R. Narayanan, left Delhi for Bangkok on his way to Peking. A representative of the Chinese embassy in new Delhi was present at the airport to see Narayanan off.

Beirut Airport Shut

Beirut airport was closed after a barrage of shells and rockets destroyed a Middle East Airlines Boeing 707, killing the captain and injuring two of his crew. Passengers had just disembarked from a flight from Amman when a rocket or shell hit the Boeing, which had just arrived, without passengers, from Amman. The plane was destroyed.

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