Timeframe: Hijacked plane lands in Dubai

A plane on its way from Amsterdam to Tokyo spends several days on the tarmac in Dubai

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JULY 22:  (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) A person appears to be one of terrorists is seen on July 22, 1973 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Osamu Maruoka of the Japanese Red Army and four of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine hijacked the Japan Airlines flight 404, demanded the release of Kozo Okamoto, who was imprisoned in Isreal after his terrorist attack of the Lod Airport, and 5 million U.S. dollars. Isreali government refused Okamoto's release and the airplane flew to Benghazi in Lybia, where passengers and crews are released. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
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Forty-five years ago today, on July 20, 1973, Japan Airlines Flight 404 was on its way from Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport to Tokyo International Airport when it was hijacked by Osamu Maruoka of the Japanese Red Army and four members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Several countries refused to allow the plane to land, but it eventually touched down in Dubai, where the army demanded the release of Kozo Okamoto, who was serving a life sentence in Israel for his part in the Lod Airport massacre in Tel Aviv in 1972, and US$5 million (Dh18.36m). The Boeing 747 remained in Dubai for three days before flying to Damascus, then Benghazi, where the passengers and crew were released and the terrorists destroyed the plane.

Maruoka escaped, hijacked another plane over India in 1977, and was a fugitive until 1987, when he tried to enter Japan on a forged passport. He died in prison in 2011.

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