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Hijacking / California To Egypt #200934

CBS Evening News for Friday, Oct 31, 1969
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(Studio) Ambitious hijacking undertaken by absent without leave Marine, Raphael Minichiello, 20. Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) jet with 7 crew members aboard hijacked from California to Cairo, Egypt. Stops incl, Denver, NYC, Bangor, and Shannon Airport.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Denver, Colorado) Pilot Don. Cook persuades hijacker to let passengers get off. Hijacker wouldn't talk to FBI on radio. [Stewardess Charlene DELMONICO - describes how armed hijacker was led into cockpit. Shows bullet hijacker gave her to show gun was loaded He spoke in gruff voice; very demanding.] [Rock Musician John PETERSON - describes how big gun looked,] After refueling, plane en route to New York City with pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, and stewardess aboard.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

(NYC) Hijacker suspicious of FBI. [TWA Maintenance Tony RISTUCCIA - says fuel trucks didn't arrive fast enough.] [TWA Vice President Gordon GILMORE - says hijacker fired shot to show he meant business] He allowed 2 International Pilots to come aboard.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

(Bangor, ME) Jet refueled and conts. en route to Ireland and then Egypt.

Cronkite, Walter;
Drinkwater, Terry;
Schakne, Robert;
Gillen, Bill

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