A Japanese woman who was held for eight days aboard a hijacked Indian airliner in December returned to Japan on Tuesday, four days after her release. Chiaki Hisada, 30, arrived at Narita Airport aboard a Japan Airlines plane from New Delhi with her family, who had flown to India to join her. Hisada smiled to reporters, saying, “After eating soba and miso soup aboard the plane, I felt I was really back in Japan. “When I get home, I want to go to a beauty parlor to get my hair done.” Hisada was one of 155 hostages who were released from the Airbus A-300 just hours before the arrival of 2000. The aircraft had been hijacked Dec. 24 on its way to New Delhi. “At first, I thought it was some kind of joke. I never thought I would be held for so long,” Hisada said. “We were released just when I was starting to lose hope — it was a relief.” Hisada left Osaka on Dec. 21 to travel with a Nepalese friend through Nepal and India.

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