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Indian Airlines IC 814 Hijack - National Geographic Part 5

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Published on Jul 12, 2010

On Christmas Eve 1999, Indian Airlines Flight IC 814 takes off from Kathmandu, Nepal on its way to New Delhi, India. En route the flight is hijacked by five masked men who have managed to smuggle onboard guns, knives and grenades. The 189 passengers and crew on board are held at gunpoint as the hijackers force the pilots to fly to Lahore, Pakistan. As the drama unfolds we follow IC814 through its journey as it travels for hundreds of kilometers. First Amritsar, India, then Lahore, Pakistan, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and finally Kandahar, Afghanistan, then under the Taliban regime. Along the way this haphazard journey claims an innocent life...and the terrified passengers wait, locked inside the airplane. The Indian government, which does not recognize the Taliban regime, takes days to send in a team of negotiators. The hijackers are demanding the release of terrorists imprisoned in Indian jails, as well as 200 million in ransom money. Can the negotiators influence these implacable terrorists? What will happen to the passengers as the hours stretch into days? What will be the final outcome? And what will be the repercussions of the final decision?

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