U.S. chartered flight carries 84 hostages back from Iraq

November 20, 1990|By Washington Bureau of the Sun

WASHINGTON -- Bringing with them harrowing tales of their captivity, 84 former Iraqi hostages reached their freedom last night, arriving at Washington's Dulles International Airport on a U.S. chartered jet.

The plane, which originated in Baghdad and stopped over in London, carried 16 American men, 16 women and 43 children. Also aboard were nine Canadians.

According to the State Department, the passengers on the flight had been "qualified to depart for some time" but had delayed their departures to remain with members of their families whom Iraqi officials would not release.

Last night's flight was the 11th U.S. chartered plane to evacuate those caught in the crisis that began Aug. 2 when Iraq invaded Kuwait.

According to the State Department, approximately 2,250 U.S. citizens and their family members have been evacuated since the beginning of the crisis, leaving fewer than 1,000 U.S. hostages still in Iraq and Kuwait.

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