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West German Plane Hijacking #248970

CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 17, 1977
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(Studio) Saga of hijacked West German Lufthansa plane conts. Terrorists now have plane in Mogadishu, Somalia, and have killed pilot Juergen Schumann. They are demanding release of 13 jailed comrades in West Germany and Turkey and ransom; so far Bonn government has refused to comply. Schumann was apparently killed when he argued that plane wasn't able to fly from Aden, South Yemen. Pope Paul seems to offer self in exchange for hostages.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Bonn, West Germany) Crowds gather at Chancellor Helmut Schmidt's office, where he and crisis staff work to peacefully end ordeal. Govt. says people are behind tough stand against terrorism, but some with relatives on plane try to urge Schmidt to give in; Paul Brod and son are among those. [BROD - wants to see Schmidt with regard to getting wife back.] Mrs. Brod won free trip to Majorca for participating in beauty contest. Mrs. Diana Muell comes from Dortmund to plead for life of daughter. After group is ushered into chancellor's complex, they see government official, but are denied chance to see Schmidt.
REPORTER: Bob McNamara

(Studio) Among those on plane are Christine Santiago and son, Leo, of California.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Diego, California) Santiago home is near San Diego; family awaits word of hostages' fate. Mrs. Santiago was en route to visit relatives in Austria; had heart attack in February and children fear she could have another. [Daughter Sonja BABCOCK - keeps remembering God is there with mother; forgives hijackers, because they don't know what they're doing.] [Daughter Christine DURHAM - notes government authorities are more experienced, but for self, wishes they'd give terrorists anything so mother and brother can come home.] [Son Tony SANTIAGO - cites feelings as deadlines draw near.] Family can do little but hope and pray.
REPORTER: Don Kladstrup

Reporter(s):
Kladstrup, Don;
Cronkite, Walter;
McNamara, Bob
Duration:
00:03:40

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