By: Mir M.Hosseini
An Iranian twin-jet DC3 plane en route to Bandar Abbas was hijacked over the Persian Gulf. The nine hijackers were identified as criminals who had fled to Dubai and were arrested on several charges including forging documents. The hijackers who had been expelled from Dubai on the Persian Gulf had boarded the plane accompanied by two armed policemen, but they somehow succeeded in disarming the guards and forced the American pilot to fly to Baghdad. At first, Iraqi officials did not give the plane permission to land. After touring on the Persian Gulf for seven hours, the pilot announced that the plane was running out of fuel. Iraq then allowed the plane to land in Baghdad.
Nine men gave themselves up to Iraqi authorities and asked for political asylum. Three hours later, the plane, 13 passengers and the crew were allowed to take off towards Iran.