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The BBC's Tony Smith
"For some the ordeal is over"
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The BBC's Frank Gardner
"Passengers still on board"
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Wednesday, 29 December, 1999, 11:26 GMT
Chronology of a hijack

Passenger lists Relatives check passenger lists at Delhi's Indira Gandhi airport


The hijacked Indian Airlines plane first put down in Amritsar, near the Pakistani border, before taking off for Lahore in Pakistan where they took on more fuel.

It was turned away from the Afghan capital Kabul and then headed for the Gulf, where it landed in Dubai, before flying on to the southern Afghan city of Kandahar.

  • 1055 GMT: Flight IC-814 takes off for New Delhi from Kathmandu's Tribhuvan International Airport, about two hours behind schedule
  • 1125: The Airbus A300 is hijacked as it enters Indian air space, demands to land in Lahore in Pakistan
  • 1230: Plane is refused permission to land at Lahore
  • 1335: With only 20 minutes' worth of fuel left, aircraft lands at Amritsar
  • 1410: Hijackers say they have started killing passengers. Killings unconfirmed
  • 1421: Plane takes off from Amritsar with fuel to support barely 10 minutes of flying time
  • 1433: Plane reported hovering over Lahore, India seeks Pakistan's permission for the plane to land in the city
  • 1441: Hijacked plane lands at Lahore
  • 1518: Hijackers demand plane be refuelled
  • 1713: Refuelled plane takes off, possibly for Afghanistan
  • 1750: Plane heads for Dubai after Afghan authorities say it cannot land in Kabul because the airport has no night landing facilities
  • 2005: Airliner touches down at United Arab Emirates military airbase outside Dubai
  • 2045: Indian official says hijackers demand fuel and food, and are likely to release all 57 women, 13 children on board
  • 2145: Indian official says UAE authorities open negotiations with hijackers
December 25
  • 0046: Several passengers, apparently women and children, are released.
  • 0101: The Airbus A300 leaves the airbase for an undisclosed location after some passengers released
  • 0120: India says bodies of two passengers handed over to officials at UAE airbase, 35 women and children and some injured passengers released.
  • 0143: Only one body and 25 passengers offloaded at the airbase near Dubai, says Gupta
  • 0157: India airport official says plane headed east, possibly to Kabul
  • 0309: Plane lands in southern Afghan city of Kandahar

Since then the aircraft has remained on the tarmac at Kandahar. Indian negotiators are at the scene and are communicating with the hijackers from the control tower.

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