was TWA Flight 847 from Athens to Rome. It was hijacked by Shiite Hezbollah terrorists
who immediately demanded the identities of all those with Jewish descent on board.
The terrorists forced the plane to land at Beirut Airport in Lebanon.
terrorists were unable to find any Jews on board (because the TWA employee, Uli
Dickerson, bravely wouldn't identify them), so concentrated on a delegation from
the USA. A US Navy diver was killed and his body dumped on the runway.
of those on board were released, but five were taken from the plane in what turned
into a 17-day siege. Those captured were taken to a Beirut holding cell, but were
fairly well treated by their captors. The only Jewish American taken managed to
explain away his lineage.
tense negotiations with the hostage takers, the hostages were released, unharmed
on 30th June, and it looked as if the hostage takers would escape as they were
outside the arm of Western law. However, one of those wanted for the attack, Mohammed
Ali Hamadi, was arrested at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, two years later.
He was carrying explosives. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.