March 9, 1996 |
Police arrested a pro-Chechen hijacker early today after he released all of the 109 hostages aboard a Turkish Cypriot airliner seized 12 hours earlier. Initially, officials said four gunmen had commandeered the Boeing 727 after takeoff from northern Cyprus, but Munich airport spokesman Hans-Joachim Bues said it appears there was only one. The plane was headed for Istanbul. Before surrendering, the hijacker had released six passengers and two crew members.