A Swissair plane flew to Baghdad Thursday to bring out 16 Swiss nationals and 20 other foreigners being held in Iraq and Kuwait.

A spokesman for the Swiss national airline said the plane had been waiting in Istanbul and permission to land in Baghdad was received Thursday morning.The 36 hostages plus five Swiss parliamentarians who negotiated for Swiss nationals were expected back in Zurich late Thursday night.

Out of 80 Swiss in Iraq, 24 wanted to leave but the parliamentary deputies secured the release of only 16 of them, with eight having to stay behind.

The other Swiss want to stay, including International Red Cross delegates, people with other humanitarian agencies, diplomats and persons with dual nationality whose permanent homes are in Iraq.