[Signed] Hijack mail - 1974 BA870 Hijack: 19 NOV 1974 pp'd airmail air letter ex NEATH Britain to HAMERSLEY (Perth) Australia pre-franked 6d & tied by machine slogan cancel; this part of shipment of mail originating in UK between 16-20 Nov. & carried by British Airways flight 870, en-route to Brunei via Calcutta & Singapore when hjacked evening 21 Nov. by 4 members of Abu Nidal Org. while refuelling in DUBAI & re-routed to TRIPOLI Libya (Lebanon refused entry to Beirut); after refuelling, flew to TUNIS (22 Nov) where 1 passenger executed (23 Nov) following ultimatum deadline; next day 5 terrorists ex Cairo + 2 ex Holland joined aircraft & hostages released (45-46 on board), leaving 3 crewmen + 11 terrorists on board, who threatened to blow plane up; lacking external political support & deadlines passing, hijackers surrendered morning 25 Nov. Plane left TUNIS next day & returned to UK w/2.5 tons of mail, where forwarded to its destination on next available BA flight. Less than 50 items known stamped w/official hijacking IM (uniquely at PERTH PO), of which only 2 signed by pilot 2nd Off. Michael Wood (subsequent to & independent of the hijacking) + this cv marked by K-Type-I IM (b/s) of which only 10 known: as left mirror impression from slow drying ink, replaced by Type-II IM. Mail delivered to Perth GPO 29 Nov. where IM stamped & delivered 2 Dec. (based on Kibble research).