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Air France Says French Mechanics Preparing Hijacked El Al Plane for Flight

Rumors that Algeria was about to release the hijacked El Al airliner and its 12 passengers and crewmen detained since July 23 gained currency here today when it was learned that a team of French airplane mechanics flew to Algiers to tune up the $6 million Boeing 707 jet. The report was confirmed by Air France. Other reports, however, said that Foreign Minister Boutefllka of Algeria has received messages from the governments of Libya. Guinea, Turkey, Lebanon and East Germany supporting Algeria’s stand on the plane issue.