1. Wide of Hong Kong airport departures check-in area for special flight to Manila
2. Mid of Hong Kong airport security staff in check-in area, with sign reading (English/Chinese) Hong Kong Immigration Department
3. Close of electronic flight display screen with information about special flight CX 2905 to Manila
4. Mid of one of passengers for the special flight to Manila, waiting at check-in area
5. Wide of passenger and airport officials at check-in area
6. Wide of passenger for the special flight, walking to the immigration control area
7. Wide of passengers for special flight to Manila walking to check in, zoom in
8. Mid of check in for special flight to Manila
9. Close of Deputy General Manager of Hong Thai Travel Services, Chan Kin-Pang, organiser of tour bus which was taken hostage, at check-in
10. Wide of Chan at check-in
11. Wide of Hong Kong airport check-in area
An aircraft chartered by the Hong Kong government was taking families of the victims of the Philippines bus hijacking drama to Manila early on Tuesday morning local time.
They were to expected to be accompanied by medics, social welfare officials, police and immigration representatives.
The 12-hour hostage drama aboard a tourist bus in Manila, ended in bloodshed on Monday, with at least seven Hong Kong tourists dead along with the disgruntled ex-policeman who hijacked the vehicle and demanded his job back, after earlier being fired following allegations of corruption.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang late on Monday called the incident “a major tragedy”.
He said that he found the handling of the situation “particularly the outcome” had been “disappointing”.
At least six captives survived, four of whom were seen crawling out the back door of the bus after Philippine police stormed it Monday evening when the hostage-taker started shooting at the 15 Chinese tourists inside, according to a senior police superintendent.
The tourists from Hong Kong had been on a visit to Manila and had been due to fly back to the Chinese territory on Monday, according to tour operator Hong Thai Travel Services Limited.
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