Former Swissair manager says 'Argo' scenes realistic

By REUTERS
February 26, 2013 13:02

GENEVA- A former Swissair official said the airport scenes in Oscar-winning film "Argo" were a realistic depiction of the airline's unwitting role in the rescue of American diplomats from Tehran during the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Heinz Koch, who was in charge of the now defunct air carrier's operations in Tehran at the time, said Swissair was not told about the true identities of the "very important Canadian passengers" until months after it carried the six US diplomats to safety aboard one of its airplanes.

"I was informed by the Canadian embassy that they have on this particular day very important Canadian passengers on board and we should make sure that they were not off-loaded last minute. But this was purely a reservation question, we had no direct impact on immigration," he told World Radio Switzerland.

"It was a few months later when we got the first information that probably these US diplomats were on board this particular Swissair flight. But we made sure that this information didn't pass around the world," Koch said.


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