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FREEPORT, Texas--Two heavily armed black men who hijacked a jetliner over New York City Wednesday night released three hostage stewardesses from the stranded plane Thursday at a Texas commuter airstrip and surrendered to the FBI.

Three crew members were reported injured in the hijacking.

All 113 passengers aboard the National Airlines jet, originally commandeered on its planned final approach to John F. Kennedy International Airport, were released unharmed at Philadelphia where the skyjackers transferred to another plane and took off eight hours later with their ransom, three parachutes and six hostage crew members.

Eight FBI agents armed with high-powered rifles surrounded the jetliner at the Freeport airstrip, as Sheriff Robert Gladney and state and local police sealed off the area for the radius of a mile.

The identities of the hijackers were not immediately known.

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