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Airline Pilots Threaten 24-hour Protest Strike Unless Two Israelis Are Released

The International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations threatened today to call a 24-hour general strike of airline pilots unless the United Nations took immediate action to secure the release of two Israelis still held in Syria after their TWA plane was hijacked by Arab commandos and forced to land in Damascus last Friday.

The strike warning was issued at an emergency meeting of IFALPA’s executive bureau here. Its chairman, Olaf Forsberg, of Finland, told newsmen later that the organizations 44,000 members could not stand idly by as long as the two Israelis were detained. The strike proposal would require the approval of the various national pilots’ associations affiliated with IFALPA.