Syrian Hijacker Killed in Attempt to Commandeer Jordanian Plane

Published July 5th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Jordanian security forces foiled an attempt by three hijackers to commandeer a Royal Jordanian plane en route to Damascus Wednesday, killing one hijacker who held a Syrian passport and wounding the other two, a senior official said. 

"The three hijackers were armed and one of them had a bomb," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. 

"Seven passengers were wounded in the crossfire when Jordanian security forces aboard the plane exchanged fire with the hijackers," the official said. 

He said the other two hijackers "could also be Syrian nationals" but an airport source said one of the hijackers was an Iraqi citizen. 

A security guard was also wounded in the exchange, the airport source said. 

The Royal Jordanian Airbus was en route to Damascus when the hijackers tried to commandeer the plane shortly after it took off from Queen Alia Airport in Amman at 10:00 p.m. (1900 GMT) for the 40-minute flight to the Syrian capital with 84 passengers on board. 

The pilot flew back to Amman where the plane landed less than one hour later after calm was restored on the plane, an airport official said -- AMMAN (AFP) 

© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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