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‘It was life or death’: the plane-hijacking refugees Australia embraced

Jun 23, 2022

Luke Henriques-Gomes’s grandfather was one of 44 refugees to arrive in 1975 on the only RAAF plane ever hijacked. The official response still staggers him. Head of news, Mike Ticher, introduces this little known story

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In 1975, during a civil war in East Timor, armed soldiers forced their way onto a Caribou plane and demanded that women and children be taken to Australia.
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