Sr176 From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1265 times:
The pax were waiting the departure of a Swiss MD-11 in Johanesburg bound for Zurich. The flight was delayed yesterday evening because 5 checked pax did not appear. As the captain realized that the 5 had arabic names and travelled without lugage he canceled the flight. The suspects are still missing.
Sr176 From Switzerland, joined Feb 2001, 409 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1192 times:
Arabic names were only one points, which would not have mattered. But they checked in and did not show up and there was no lugage.
Bye the way they did not made the travel arrangement together. 2 pieces of lugage were found with strange content. The police did not give any details on that.
ZRH From Switzerland, joined Nov 1999, 5566 posts, RR: 36
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1170 times:
The captain was completely right. This sounds really weird, without luggage and Arabic names. BTW Swissair lost a Convair 990 Coronado because of a bomb from Arabic terrorists back in the 1970ies. All passengers and crew died. It came down near Würenlos in Switzerland.
Swissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1148 times:
Yeah, ZRH is right, and the PLO also hijacked a CV990 (or was it a Dc8) to Jordan, together with a TWA 707 and BOAC Vc10 and the blow it up!
Not very nice at all...
No matter if the names where Arabic or not. But if someone wants to travel JNB-ZRH without bags (maybe hand-luggage) its one thing, if the check in and they are no-show at the gate the thing is getting stranger and at this point I also would check the thing (even it the plane gets 24h delay).
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L-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29795 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1108 times:
Ok, that is a different matter then.
First impression I had from the topic was that they had not checked in or checked baggage.
It was kind of reminding me of that terminal evacuation they had in Houston(I think). Somebody found a knife in a trash can in the john. So they shut down the whole terminal, because somebody tried to get rid of something he knew is shouldn't have the best way they knew how.
That was a bit of overkill, IMHO also.
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