a MIDDLE EAST AIRLINES pilot was in Beirut when the Israelis attacked.He flew on to LONDON today and DESMOND HAMILL asked him what it had been like at BEIRUT AIRPORT.
Captain John Byrne: Well I have the (LOYAN)which is the local newspaper,written
in French,it has map on the airfield and this shows the position of the aircraft.
D.H. And how did they knock them out.
J.Byrne. Well the demolition charges appear to be placed more or less at the same time by two groups of people,the MEA comets
here over by the maintenance hanger,the BEA COMET was left intact.
D.H. Despite the fact is qvas so close.
J.Byrne. So close,even the hanger wasnot even scorched.The two eh colinadoes were burnt out,plus our VISCOUNT ,CARAVELLE the PAN AMERICAN
BOEING was not touched,our VC10 and BOEING completly burnnt,our CARAVELLE and two DC 6 from TMA.
D.H. What did the airport look like,I mean was it really an absolute shambles when you came in this morning.
J.Byrne. Oh yes I was.the aircraft were
lying all over the place completely burnt out,some of them you could not even recognise...