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Hijacking / California To Egypt / Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) View #2832

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 31, 1969
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(Studio) United States Marine Corps vet, Lance Corporal Raphael Minichiello, hijacks Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) jet after escaping en route to court-martial. Forces plane to fly from California to Denver, Colorado to NYC, to Bangor, ME, before going overseas.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Denver, Colorado) 39 passengers and 3 stewardesses allowed to leave Pilot Don. Cook, 2 crew mbrs., and 2 stewardesses stayed on board [Stewardess Charlene DELMONICO - tells of taking armed hijacker up to cockpit.] FBI agent, Scott Werner, displays bullet from gun. [Mbr Rock Group, Harpers Bazaar Dick SCOPPETTONE - describes hijacker's movements Captain jovially told us we were going to NYC, instead of San Francisco.]
REPORTER: Tony Pepper

(NYC) Jet diverted to far side of field. [TWA Vice President Gordon GILMORE - says 2 International Pilots had to show they had no weapons on them. Hijacker's nervousness prevented refuelling. Original crew remained on board]
REPORTER: David Snell

(Studio) Jet refuels in Bangor, Maine and takes off for Shannon Airport in Ireland.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(NYC) [TWA President F.C. WISER - says FBI didn't fire on plane due to concern over crew. Decided to let him go. Rifle must have been concealed. Told pilots to take him anywhere he wanted to go. We asked Shannon to refuel him quickly. Fire warning reported on plane, though they usually turn out false.]
REPORTER: Jules Bergman

Reporter(s):
Bergman, Jules;
Pepper, Tony;
Reynolds, Frank;
Snell, David
Duration:
00:06:40

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