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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1274

Senator COTTON (New South WalesMinister for Civil Aviation) - by leave - I think my colleagues are entitled to have as soon as I have it information about the hijacking of an aircraft today. This incident has been a great worry. It was suspected from the time when we received a report that this could be a hijacking incident. We have treated it accordingly. We have been tracking the aircraft all the way through. It landed in Singapore at about 8.55 or 8.56 p.m. Our latest information on the open line is that all the passengers are off except one who, we are informed, has a hostage on board. All the crew are off except that one hostage. The captain has been talking on the ground to the Director-General of Civil Aviation in Singapore who is well known lo us. Our open line is open. At the moment we have some reservations about the situation.

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