SUVA, Fiji — Cabin crew members overpowered a hijacker who threatened to blow up their Air New Zealand jumbo jet with dynamite today at Nadi International Airport, airline officials said.
They said the pilot, co-pilot and chief engineer rushed the hijacker--an airport employee--while he was negotiating by radio with the control tower. No further details were immediately available.
The hijacker, a Fiji Indian, had said he had dynamite strapped to his body. He had released 24 crew members and all 105 passengers--most of them Japanese--shortly after seizing control of the Boeing 747, keeping only the three crewmen as hostages.
One airline official said the hijacker had demanded the release of the 11-member, Indian-dominated government of Timoci Bavadra, overthrown and put under house arrest in a coup last Thursday.