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UN Security Council Resolutions: Resolution 286

(September 9, 1970)

On September 6, 1970, members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) hijacked three jets (Swissair, TWA and Pan Am ) with more than 400 passengers on flights to New York. A fourth plane, an El Al flight, was also targeted, but Israeli security agents foiled the hijacking in mid-air and killed one of the two terrorists when they tried to storm the cockpit. On the 9th, a British BOAC jet was also hijacked by the PFLP. This was the Security Council's statement in response.

The Security Council,

Gravely concerned at the threat to innocent civilian lives from the hijacking of aircraft and any other interference in international travel,

1. Appeals to all parties concerned for the immediate release of all passengers and crews without exception, held as a result of hijackings and other interference in international travel;

2. Calls on States to take all possible legal steps to prevent further hijackings or any other interference with international civil air travel.

Adopted at the 1552nd meeting.1/

1/ Adopted without vote.

Sources: The United Nations