Airplane Hijackers Surrender In Germany

MONDAY, JUNE 9, 1997

Two men who hijacked an Air Malta airplane en route from Malta to Turkey surrendered to police early today at Cologne’s airport and freed about 80 crew and passengers on board.

An airport spokesman said both hijackers surrendered their weapons and left the aircraft without incident at 7:40 a.m., nearly three hours after it landed in Cologne.

All of the passengers and crew were released without injury.

Airport spokesman Heinz Gumbel credited the pilot of the Boeing 737 that had been bound for Istanbul, Turkey, with playing a constructive role in the negotiations.

Both hijackers were armed, but officials did not immediately have information on what type of weapons. One of the hijackers had claimed earlier to have a bomb.

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