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Frontier Jet Hijacking #249036

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Oct 20, 1977
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(Studio) Hijacking of Frontier Airlines jet, which began in Grand Island, Nebraska, this morning, conts. as plane sits in Atlanta airport. Hijacker is accused bank robber and demands include ransom money and release of homosexual lover from prison. Late in afternoon, 2 stewardesses are released from plane, leaving 13 hostages.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Atlanta, Georgia) plane lands in Atlanta's Hartsfield International Airport just after noon, and FBI and local law officials are stationed at points around airport. Lone hijacker is Thomas Michael Hannan from Grand Island, Nebraska; is free on bond while awaiting trial on charges of bank robbery. One of Hannan's demands is release of alleged accomplice in crime, George David Stewart, still in Fulton Cnty. jail. Mobile police describe Stewart as Hannan's homosexual lover. Details with regard to demands and negotiations noted.
REPORTER: David Dick

(Kansas City, Missouri) Report on beginning of hijacking, in Grand Island [Deputy sheriff Roy JENSEN - describes how Hannan got onto plane.] About hour after takeoff, plane lands at Kansas City, Missouri, International Airport for refueling. There, Hannan is rptdly. persuaded by friend to release women and children; also released in Kansas City are friend and male passenger with heart problems. 12 members of Jelinek family are aboard and all but 2 fathers, Don. and David, deplane in Kansas City. [Sheri JELINEK - says there was no panic, hijacker was calm, that,there was little emotion shown till women and children told to leave plane.] [Ron JELINEK - cites conversation with father.] Most passengers without relatives on plane leave Kansas City, but Jelineks will stay till news comes.

Cronkite, Walter;
Dick, David

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