31 Dec. 1999
Kandahar, Afghanistan - IslamicStateof Afghanistan
Freed passengers of the hijacked Indian Airlines plane prepare to board a minibus as workers push a staircase away from the plane at Kandahar airport in southern Afghanistan December 31. All passengers on the plane were freed on Friday and would be returned to India later in the evening, Indian officials said. They were allowed to leave the aircraft shortly after five hijackers descended a cockpit ladder and were driven out of the airport where the aircraft has been grounded for a week.