SUVA, Fiji — A Fiji Indian claiming to have dynamite strapped to his body threatened today to blow up an Air New Zealand jumbo jet as it sat on the tarmac at Nadi airport, an airline official said
Flight TE24 was taken over at 7:15 a.m. local time. The official said the man later released all but three crew members of the 108 passengers and crew on the flight bound from Tokyo to Auckland. He said the hijacker had demanded that the plane be refueled and flown to Libya.
The hijacking comes less than a week after an army colonel overthrew the month-old, Indian-dominated government of Prime Minister Timoci Bavadra.
Another airline official said the hijacker demanded the release of Bavadra and his Cabinet, who were arrested Thursday after the coup.