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Hi folks,

I've had this item floating around for a while. I was going to start an air accident collection but never got round to it.

The card comes with a letter from NZ post stating what had happened to the item.

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What is the card for? Its some sort of radio transmission confirmation or something?

I was going to list the item on ebay, any ideas on start price?

Does anyone else have mail from this disaster?

Below is some more info on the hijacking I borrowed from Wikipedia:

Japan Air Lines Flight 404 was an airliner hijacked by Palestinian and Japanese terrorists in July, 1973.

The flight departed Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport, Netherlands, on July 23, 1973, en route to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), Japan, via Anchorage International Airport, Alaska. The aircraft was a Boeing 747-246B, with 123 passengers and 22 crew members on board.

The passenger complement included five terrorists, led by Osamu Maruoka, a member of the Japanese Red Army, and the other four were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine[1]

The flight was hijacked shortly after takeoff from Schiphol. In the course of the hijacking, a grenade carried by one of the skyjackers detonated, killing her and injuring the flight's chief purser. The lead hijacker almost immediately announced himself to air traffic control as El Kassar, hijacking the aircraft in the name of the Palestinian Liberation movement.[2]

After several Middle Eastern governments refused to permit Flight 404 to land, the plane eventually touched down in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. After several days on the ground, the terrorists demanded the release of Kozo Okamoto, survivor of the JRA's attack on Tel Aviv's Lod Airport.[3]

After the Israeli government refused to release Okamoto, the hijackers flew the aircraft first to Damascus, Syria, and then to Benghazi, in Libya.[4] Eighty-nine hours after the hijacking began, the passengers and crew were released; the hijackers then blew up the aircraft. A female PFLP member was killed in the explosion

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Most Crash mail.. seems to start at around $50.00.and depending on the Crash,and how much mail survived ,,goes UP from There,,
I would think this one, including its provenance would be a $100.00 + item
Very nice piece of Postal History from the starting times of the Hijacking and terrorist activities. :(

By the Way THATS Aussie Dollars,, not that N.Z. rubbish :lol: :lol: :lol:
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For some details about World DX Friendship Year (and an image of an undamaged card) see http://capedx.blogspot.com/2009_12_01_archive.html .
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These cards are records of contact between Ham radio operators. You may notice the figure "73" which is the universal number for "cheers and thanks for the contact".

1973 was chosen as the year because of the association with "73".

So if you advertise it on Ebay you may find a buyer who is also a Ham radio operator.

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eBay has a category for these:

Collectibles > Radio, Phonograph, TV, Phone > Radios > QSL Cards

When I list them, I use the option for 2 categories.

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Thank you for all the information and links folks.

I did not realize QSL cards were so many and varied.
By the Way THATS Aussie Dollars,, not that N.Z. rubbish :lol: :lol: :lol:
:lol: The kiwi groat is not that bad.

I have been doing some hunting around for more mail from this flight but have not had any luck.
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selvedge wrote:These cards are records of contact between Ham radio operators. You may notice the figure "73" which is the universal number for "cheers and thanks for the contact".

1973 was chosen as the year because of the association with "73".

So if you advertise it on Ebay you may find a buyer who is also a Ham radio operator.
Not in this case. It's confirmation from Radio Nederland's Bonaire transmitter site to a report from a SWL-er (Short Wave Listener).

The International Short Wave League caters for both Amateur (ham) and Broadcast short-wave listeners. Way before the internet I was one of their sub-editors, and contributed a column on UK pirate radios (all remember Radio Caroline? :D )
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I just thought I would add a photo of the actual aircraft that was destroyed.

Photo taken in 1972:

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mrboggler wrote:Most Crash mail.. seems to start at around $50.00.and depending on the Crash,and how much mail survived ,,goes UP from There,,
I would think this one, including its provenance would be a $100.00 + item
Very nice piece of Postal History from the starting times of the Hijacking and terrorist activities. :(

By the Way THATS Aussie Dollars,, not that N.Z. rubbish :lol: :lol: :lol:
Congratulations! :mrgreen:

I did notice that this card just sold on e-bay for $430 USD (about $425 Aussie dollars). 8) :lol:

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Thanks :!:

Funny thing is, about an hour after the auction closed, I had 2 offers via email of substantially more than that!

All I could do was let them know that if I don't hear from the ebay buyer over the next few days, they will have first option.

I think it may be an exhibition item with the amount of interest it had.

Thank you to all those who helped with information regarding the item.
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This is a very rare item. I collect and deal in wreck & crash covers and this is the first one I have seen from this incident. I was the 2nd highest bidder for it on eBay. Let me know how much the other people offered you and I will top their offers.

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:?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: A contract is a contract is a contract.
Congratulations! :mrgreen:

I did notice that this card just sold on e-bay for $430 USD (about $425 Aussie dollars). 8) :lol:

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buynow wrote:
Funny thing is, about an hour after the auction closed, I had 2 offers via email of substantially more than that!

All I could do was let them know that if I don't hear from the ebay buyer over the next few days, they will have first option.
I think buynow is saying the same thing as you Ian and it is probably already in the buyers hands already if you look at the dates of the posts.

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This card is a forgery, according to two leading experts on this incident.

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Are you able to add a bit more details to what you posted. Who experts? On what grounds is it a forgery? Is the opinion based only on photographic evidence or physical inspection?

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kaerophil wrote:This card is a forgery, according to two leading experts on this incident.
What element of it is a forgery? Where is your evidence?

I had several of these cards and the basic card is absolutely genuine. If you are saying that the damage, and the note from NZPost is forged, I would argue that it certainly wouldn't be recent (to the original post) given the state of those hinges used to mount the typrewritten note.

Evidence please!

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norvic wrote: By the Way you don't seem to have made the mandatory initial post on the Welcome, please introduce yourself thread, despite several other posts.
kaerophil is the alter ego of aerophil aka Kendall C Sanford of The Wreck and Crash Mail Society.

Unfortunately, I never received the updated Price List of the crash covers listed in the publication "Air Crash Mail Of Imperial Airways and Predecessor Airlines" from Ken in spite of sending the prescribed form. :(

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buynow wrote:Hi folks,

Ive had this item floating around for a while. I was going to start an air accident collection but never got round to it. The card comes with a letter from NZ post stating what had happened to the item.

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What is the card for? Its some sort of radio transmission confirmation or something?

I was going to list the item on ebay, any ideas on start price?

Does anyone else have mail from this disaster?

Below is some more info on the hijacking I borrowed from Wikipedia:

Japan Air Lines Flight 404 was an airliner hijacked by Palestinian and Japanese terrorists in July, 1973.

The flight departed Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport, Netherlands, on July 23, 1973, en route to Tokyo International Airport (Haneda), Japan, via Anchorage International Airport, Alaska. The aircraft was a Boeing 747-246B, with 123 passengers and 22 crew members on board. The passenger complement included five terrorists, led by Osamu Maruoka, a member of the Japanese Red Army, and the other four were members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine[1]

The flight was hijacked shortly after takeoff from Schiphol. In the course of the hijacking, a grenade carried by one of the skyjackers detonated, killing her and injuring the flight's chief purser. The lead hijacker almost immediately announced himself to air traffic control as El Kassar, hijacking the aircraft in the name of the Palestinian Liberation movement.[2]

After several Middle Eastern governments refused to permit Flight 404 to land, the plane eventually touched down in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. After several days on the ground, the terrorists demanded the release of Kozo Okamoto, survivor of the JRA's attack on Tel Aviv's Lod Airport.[3]

After the Israeli government refused to release Okamoto, the hijackers flew the aircraft first to Damascus, Syria, and then to Benghazi, in Libya.[4] Eighty-nine hours after the hijacking began, the passengers and crew were released; the hijackers then blew up the aircraft. A female PFLP member was killed in the explosion

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A claim is made above that this item may be a forgery.

It comes down to the typed date on the QSL card.

If "23.6.1973" is not a typo (for July), there is cause for concern, given the plane was hijacked on 23 July 1973.

Incidentally, the price realised was very low (unless it's a fake!).

Over ten years ago, I sold the first example discovered from this major event for AU$3000.

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I will stand corrected from my limited understanding of these things, that date of the 23rd June 1973 is not a day of mailing, it is the date of broadcasting.

So the addressee P Gibson has contacted the radio transmitter about a broadcast he heard. Presumably he wrote to Japan. So a reply coming back 4 weeks later doesn't seem unusual to me.

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BigSaint wrote:Presumably he wrote to Japan. So a reply coming back 4 weeks later doesn't seem unusual to me.
I think Mr. Gibson in NZ wrote to "Radio Nederlands" in the Netherlands, to report picking up their broadcast on June 23, 1973, at 0745 GMT. Radio Nederlands sent this return QSL card to confirm his report. As the flight originated in the Netherlands, I agree with Brad that this date and turnaround time all seems very reasonable. Postal authorities in Japan look to have taken responsibility for forwarding the rescued mail items given that it was a Japan Airlines flight bound for Japan.

I assume this item would have been transferred to a NZ-bound flight from Japan, or from one of the two scheduled stopover points (neither of which the flight was able to stop at given the flight was hijacked shortly after takeoff from Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam). The two stopovers would have been Orly International Airport, Paris, France; and Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, Anchorage, Alaska, USA.
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BigSaint wrote:Rod

I will stand corrected from my limited understanding of these things, that date of the 23rd June 1973 is not a day of mailing, it is the date of broadcasting.

So the addressee P Gibson has contacted the radio transmitter about a broadcast he heard. Presumably he wrote to Japan. So a reply coming back 4 weeks later doesn't seem unusual to me.

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You are likely correct, Brad.

I was looking for a convenient indication for the claim the item is faked.

I now don't have one, and would like more information on what might determine it's faked?

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kaerophil wrote:This card is a forgery, according to two leading experts on this incident.
Why?
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pmc wrote:
BigSaint wrote:Presumably he wrote to Japan. So a reply coming back 4 weeks later doesn't seem unusual to me.
I think Mr. Gibson in NZ wrote to "Radio Nederlands" in the Netherlands, to report picking up their broadcast on June 23, 1973, at 0745 GMT. Radio Nederlands sent this return QSL card to confirm his report. As the flight originated in the Netherlands, I agree with Brad that this date and turnaround time all seems very reasonable. Postal authorities in Japan look to have taken responsibility for forwarding the rescued mail items given that it was a Japan Airlines flight bound for Japan.
This is absolutely right, and nobody with a ha'puth of commonsense would have thought that that was the posting date. It may have been sent under cover, or it may have had a 'postage-paid' indicator or even a stamp but I don't think I ever had any from Radio Nederland with stamps on. (Nor from Radio Autsralia for that matter!)

Although verification is quite easy - the listener quotes date, time, frequency, quality of reception, and usually some detail of the contents of the broadcast to provide evidence that it was actually heard - there is never any certainty of a quick turn-around. And in those days some listeners who sent off a lot of reports did so by surface mail because of the cost of airmail.

Unless kaerophil in his new user ID bothers to reply we needn't worry about whether it is a forgery, several people bidding obviously didn't think so.
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norvic wrote:
pmc wrote:
BigSaint wrote:Presumably he wrote to Japan. So a reply coming back 4 weeks later doesn't seem unusual to me.
I think Mr. Gibson in NZ wrote to "Radio Nederlands" in the Netherlands, to report picking up their broadcast on June 23, 1973, at 0745 GMT. Radio Nederlands sent this return QSL card to confirm his report. As the flight originated in the Netherlands, I agree with Brad that this date and turnaround time all seems very reasonable. Postal authorities in Japan look to have taken responsibility for forwarding the rescued mail items given that it was a Japan Airlines flight bound for Japan.
This is absolutely right, and nobody with a ha'puth of commonsense would have thought that that was the posting date. It may have been sent under cover, or it may have had a 'postage-paid' indicator or even a stamp but I don't think I ever had any from Radio Nederland with stamps on. (Nor from Radio Autsralia for that matter!)

Although verification is quite easy - the listener quotes date, time, frequency, quality of reception, and usually some detail of the contents of the broadcast to provide evidence that it was actually heard - there is never any certainty of a quick turn-around. And in those days some listeners who sent off a lot of reports did so by surface mail because of the cost of airmail.

Unless kaerophil in his new user ID bothers to reply we needn't worry about whether it is a forgery, several people bidding obviously didn't think so.
It is a forgery, according to two experts on hijack covers.

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kaerophil wrote:
norvic wrote:Unless kaerophil in his new user ID bothers to reply we needn't worry about whether it is a forgery, several people bidding obviously didn't think so.
It is a forgery, according to two experts on hijack covers.

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That's what you wrote before. Still no explanation.

More to the point, IF it is a forgery, and such forgeries exist, then you would do a service to the philatelic community to explain why it is a forgery, and to tell us who the experts are.
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kaerophil wrote:This card is a forgery, according to two leading experts on this incident.
Why after 8 years, is there a simple announcement that this item is forgery with nothing more?

Who are the two experts?

Where have they published their expert opinion?

May we see this publication, if it exists?

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Long term dealers usually have pretty finely tuned "smell" instincts.

This looks and smells 105% kosher to me. It passes the "sniff" test easily.

The mere fact the OP had no idea what he had, and was asking here, is also very relevant. And was gobsmacked when he got when starting low on ebay, confirms that.

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I have no reason to doubt it, looks OK to me,

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I was having a Google around last night and another (Australian) collector has noted that there were only 195 items delivered after the explosion/fire. I would assume then that they are all known and listed and this might not be one of them.

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The other way is to analyse the typewritten note from the NZ PO to see if it matches to the others recorded. In other words, is it the same typewriter?
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Allanswood wrote:I was having a Google around last night and another (Australian) collector has noted that there were only 195 items delivered after the explosion/fire. I would assume then that they are all known and listed and this might not be one of them.

Brian Pearce: https://www.brianpeace.com/1954-1979-2/


The other way is to analyse the typewritten note from the NZ PO to see if it matches to the others recorded. In other words, is it the same typewriter?
195 were delivered.

Perhaps three survivors have thus far been recorded.

It's not listed in current Nierinck Recovered Mail, the most comprehensive listing of major airmail events.

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Allanswood wrote:I was having a Google around last night and another (Australian) collector has noted that there were only 195 items delivered after the explosion/fire. I would assume then that they are all known and listed and this might not be one of them.

Brian Pearce: https://www.brianpeace.com/1954-1979-2/


The other way is to analyse the typewritten note from the NZ PO to see if it matches to the others recorded. In other words, is it the same typewriter?
Well if the OP isn't worried - he's not, he sold it - and the supposed expert can't be bothered to tell us, this would be something way down my list of priorities; there is much more on the list before that, interesting as it is :D
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Allanswood wrote:I was having a Google around last night and another (Australian) collector has noted that there were only 195 items delivered after the explosion/fire. I would assume then that they are all known and listed and this might not be one of them.

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The other way is to analyse the typewritten note from the NZ PO to see if it matches to the others recorded. In other words, is it the same typewriter?
One of the three items on that page was also sent to Christchurch, and it has the same pattern of damage around the edges when the address is face up. I don't know if the NZ mail in the delivery was bundled together but you could make an argument that they were either next to or very close to each other when damaged. The note from the PO appears to be identical, even in spacing - possibly mimeographed?
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Please advise if this item is still for sale. I am interested in buying it.

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norvic wrote:
kaerophil wrote:
norvic wrote:Unless kaerophil in his new user ID bothers to reply we needn't worry about whether it is a forgery, several people bidding obviously didn't think so.
It is a forgery, according to two experts on hijack covers.

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That's what you wrote before. Still no explanation.

More to the point, IF it is a forgery, and such forgeries exist, then you would do a service to the philatelic community to explain why it is a forgery, and to tell us who the experts are.
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We ask again, why is it a forgery :?:

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Conspiracy theory here, but it's a "forgery" because he wants to buy it? :roll:

After all he was publicly happy to have the original seller break all the rules, gazump the ebay buyer who won it and offered to beat anybody else's offer, then declared it's a fake and still wants to buy it without further explanation. :(

And it's now 8 years later.... and no one's any the wiser.
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Has anyone emailed Ken Sanford directly and asked him?

He obviously does not check this board as he has all of 7 posts.

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He posted just 5 hours ago.
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kaerophil wrote:Please advise if this item is still for sale. I am interested in buying it.

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Ken, I’m sure you will understand that members will have concerns that a member for over two years with only seven posts is saying that this item is a forgery and then offering to buy it.

The term “conflict of interests” comes to mind. :idea:

Please explain - in detail - why you consider it to be a forgery.

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The original QSL card and details are genuine.

Radio Netherlands Worldwide ran a relay station in Bonaire, with two 300Kw transmitters installed in 1969. It transmitted on 11740 kHz on a 1970s listing I have, some variation in frequency was normal, from year to year. It did transmit to Oceania from the Bonaire relay station, at that time.

The QSL report from the SWL would have been sent to RNW in Hilversum. All QLS cards I received from stations were under cover, so no stamps on the actual cards.

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Cill Dara,

I was a SWL until a few years ago. I remember that Radio Netherlands QSL reception reports promptly unlike many other stations. While not all radio stations send their QSL cards under cover, Radio Netherlands was certainly one of those which send their cards under cover along with other promotional materials.

Can you check your RNW QSL cards to see whether any of them has your full address on it and an AIRMAIL rubber stamp? The ones that I have only have my name and country albeit mine were issued later. Not saying that the card that the TS showed is salvaged from an air crash or not.

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I received Radio Nederland QSL cards direct, not under cover, but I don't recall any with stamps either.
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A different incident, but there a few of these 1974 hijack covers, all addressed to Western Australia.
1974, November 22 – Firing guns, four male Palestinian terrorists dressed as airport workers rush from the passenger lounge at Dubai International Airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, cross the tarmac, shoot a stewardess in the back, wounding her, and board a British Airways Vickers VC-10-1151 (registration G-ASGR) preparing to depart for Calcutta, India. Finding no pilot aboard, they threaten to shoot the passengers if one does not arrive immediately.

British Airways captain Jim Futcher volunteers to board the airliner, and the hijackers force him to take off with 27 passengers, eight airport workers who had been cleaning the aircraft, and a crew of 10 on board and order him to fly to Beirut, Lebanon. Finding Beirut International Airport closed and ringed by security forces, they order the VC-10 to refuel at Tripoli, Libya, and then fly to Tunis, Tunisia, where security personnel surround the airliner after it lands.

The hijackers demand the release of seven Palestinian prisoners – five held in Cairo, Egypt, and two in the Netherlands – saying that if the prisoners are not released in 24 hours they will begin shooting one hostage every two hours until their demands are met. When the deadline passes, they murder a German passenger and throw his body onto the tarmac. The five prisoners from Cairo are brought to the aircraft, prompting the hijackers to release seven passengers, and the following morning the two prisoners from the Netherlands arrive, leading the hijackers to release everyone else aboard the plane except for Futcher, the copilot, and the flight engineer.

The hijackers then threaten to detonate explosives in the cockpit with the three flight crew members if they are not granted political asylum in Tunisia. This is refused, and the four hijackers and seven prisoners finally surrender 84 hours after the hijacking began. Futcher later will receive the Queen's Gallantry Medal for his courage and calm during the incident.
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1974 November hijack covers, UK to Western Australia
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Hijack mail - 1974 BA870 Hijack: 19 NOV 1974 airmail air letter ex NEATH Britain to HAMERSLEY (Perth) Australia pre-franked 6d & tied by machine slogan cancel; this was part of a 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 on evening 21 Nov. by 4 members of Abu Nidal Organization 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 from Cairo + 2 from Holland joined the aircraft & hostages were released (45-46 on board), leaving 3 crewmen + 11 terrorists on board, who threatened to blow plane up; lacking external political support & deadlines passing, the hijackers surrendered morning 25 Nov.

Plane left TUNIS next day & returned to UK with 2.5 tons of mail, where it was forwarded to its destination on the next available BA flight. Less than 50 items known stamped with official hijacking informational marking (uniquely at PERTH Post Office), of which only 2 signed by pilot 2nd Officer Michael Wood (subsequent to & independent of the hijacking) + this cover is marked by K-Type-I IM (backstamp) of which only 10 covers such stamped are known: as the marking left mirror impressions from slow drying ink, it was replaced by the Type-II informational marking.

The mail was delivered to Perth general post office on 29 Nov. where the IM was applied, and the mail delivered on 2 Dec. (based on Kibble research).

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1973 Japan Airlines Flight 404 Hijacking - Cover with Letter of Explanation, from my exhibit

Amsterdam 18 July 1973 - Dubai - Damascus - Benghazi (aircraft destroyed 24 July) - Tokyo (mail processed 4 August) - Auckland received damaged 14 August 1973

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