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Monday, 14 February, 2000, 15:29 GMT
Special report: Hijack at Stansted
An Afghan airliner, carrying more than 150 passengers, was hijacked during an internal flight on 6 February and flown to Stansted Airport, near London. After four days of tense negotiations, all the hostages were finally released. At least 60 claimed political asylum in the UK.

  • Hijack victims arrive in Afghanistan
  • Safety fears for hijack plane
  • Analysis: Afghan hijack aftermath


    Hijackers and hostages

    The troubled life of an asylum seeker
    The case of the Stansted hostages, freed after a five-day ordeal at the hands of gunmen, has provoked a wave of outrage in some UK newspapers. BBC News Online looks at the obstacles facing an asylum seeker.
  • Asylum: What now for hijack passengers?
  • Stansted hostages to be sent home
  • Hotel luxury for hijack passengers


    Piracy in the air


    The terror of the hijack ordeal
    Hostages on board the Afghan plane at Stansted airport are likely to have experienced a mixture of terror and exhaustion, a survivor of a previous hijack has told the BBC.
  • Stansted's hijack history
  • How to negotiate with hijackers
  • History of hijacking
  • Ariana: Flying in the face of adversity


    Day by day coverage

    Day One

  • Hijack plane may head for UK

    Day Two

  • Hijack plane lands in London
  • Hijack leads to travel chaos
  • Eight hostages free after hijack
  • Spotlight falls on Afghan commander

    Day Three

  • Hijackers 'have not contacted Taleban'
  • Ninth hostage leaves hijack jet
  • Stansted travel chaos eases
  • The view from Kabul

    Day Four

  • Crew flee hijack plane
  • Pilots criticised for fleeing
  • Taleban arrests over hijack
  • Pilots shaken by hijack ordeal
  • Motive mystery over hijack

    Day Five

  • Scores leave hijack jet
  • Hijack ordeal over
  • Afghan relief at hijack resolution
  • Asylum pleas 'will not be met'
  • Afghanistan seeks return of plane

  • Talking PointTALKING POINT
    Your view
    Is the UK a soft touch for asylum seekers?


    Hijack chronology

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