Four GIA terrorists hijack an Air France A300 Airbus at the Algiers airport. TheAirbus, bound for Paris, has 227 passengers on board. No one knows exactly what the terrorists’ intentions are, just that they are armed and extremely determined. They demand the liberation of their “brothers in arms” and want the aircraft to take off at once. After very lengthy and intense negotiations between the French and Algerian governments, the plane is finally allowed to leave.
In front of an audience of 21 million television viewers, an assault by the GIGN brings the hostage crisis to an end. Never, in the history of terrorism had a crisis such as this arisen. It was to be a foretaste of the terrible events of September 11th 2001.