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TWA 847 Hijacking #304158

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 14, 1985
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(Studio) Hijacking of Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) 847 at Athens, Greece, airport, reported; number hostages still held and plane's current location noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(London, England) Apparent circumstances of Islamic Jihad terrorists' hijacking at Athens airport examined; plane's odyssey outlined on map. [Voices of PILOT and Beirut air traffic CONTROL - discuss terrorists' demands that they land at Beirut, threats to passengers, beatings.] Terrorists' demands mentioned; some passengers noted released. [PASSENGER - describes ordeal.] Plane said currently en route to Beirut after stop in Algiers.
REPORTER: Tom Fenton

(DC) [President REAGAN - claims to be doing all possible.] [State Department spokesperson Bernard KALB - condemns hijacking; won't give in to terrorists.] Possibility that Iran is involved noted. [Robert KUPPERMAN - calls for attack on Iran if Shiite terrorists kill hostages.] [Colonel Chas. BECKWITH (ret.) - calls for military action.]
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(NYC) [Javier THANTOS, Bill PELLIGRINO - comment on their relatives aboard Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) 847.] [Hijacking survivor Landry SLADE - recalls his experience.] Slade recalled recently aboard 2 hijacked airliners in Mideast. Shiite terrorist attacks on United States ints. in Mideast reviewed. [Shiite expert Clinton BAILEY - considers motives of Shiite terrorists.]
REPORTER: Bob Simon

(Studio) No. hijack victims belonging to religious group noted.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Geneva, Illinois) Reactions of hostages' relatives to Trans World Airlines, Inc. (TWA) 847 hijacking featured; films shown. [PEOPLE - comment.] [Released passenger Genevieve PORTER - hopes to see husband again.] [Mary Beth STRIEDL - notes strain of father's continued hostage status.] [Father Steve Saint JULES - notes human impotence.] [Father William McDonnell and Father James McLoughlin, both hostages, noted orgs. of pilgrimage group. [PRIEST - is praying.]
REPORTER: Karen Boros

Reporter(s):
Boros, Karen;
Fenton, Tom;
McLaughlin, Bill;
Rather, Dan;
Simon, Bob
Duration:
00:09:40

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