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Saudi Air Flight Hijacked en Route to London

Aired October 14, 2000 - 1:01 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

GENE RANDALL, CNN ANCHOR: A Saudi Arabian passenger jet en route to London has been hijacked. Flight 115 took off from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia When it was commandeered in Egyptian air space.

CNN's Richard Blystone has more for us from Damascus, Syria. He is on the phone -- Richard.

RICHARD BLYSTONE, CNN CORRESPONDENT: I am at Damascus Airport right now where for the last four hours there has been quite a bit of rumor and counter-rumor going on as to whether the Syrians would allow the plane to land or not.

But finally, in the last half hour, we have heard from Syria's official television station that the flight is en route to Baghdad. That was the case when the announcement was made. The plane would be approaching Baghdad at this time.

That's just about all we know. The preponderance of reports we have received, many of them contradictory, seem to indicate that the plane made several passes and circled around the airport here in Damascus before going off. So the that's about it for now. This is a very security-conscious country at the best of times. And certainly more so now. There is nothing actually from government officials, but the official television that the plane was headed for Baghdad.

I'm Richard Blystone, CNN, live at the Damascus Airport in Syria.

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