NBC Evening News for Sunday, Nov 12, 1972
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(Studio) Skyjacking of Southern Airways DC9 jet ends 29 hrs., 12 minute after it began. Hijacked over Alabama, plane lands 9 times, flies to 3 countries, crosses United States 2 times, lands in Havana, Cuba, 2 times. After landing in Havana Friday night, hijackers negotiate with Premier Fidel Castro, who comes to airport while hijackers stay in plane. Hijackers not satisfied with what Castro offers, order plane to take off. Land at Orlando, Florida, where FBI agents try to stop Plane; shooting out 4 tires. Plane takes off anyway. Hijackers demand to talk with Nixon, in Florida. Request denied; plane flies back to Cuba; hijackers give selves up. All 31 passengers and crew members brought to Miami International Airport. All but 3 taken to secret location for debriefing. Other 3 come out on stretchers; leave in ambulances. 3 thought to be wounded: copilot, elderly man suffering from nervous shock, person with broken foot. Hijackers now in custody in Cuba. Hijackers asked for $10 million cash. Amount they got in Chattanooga, Tennessee, unknown, believed to be from $2 million to $6 million. 2 hijackers, Henry Jackson and Louis Moore, from Detroit, Michigan are suspects in rape cases. Had sued Detroit for police brutality for $4 million. City offered them $25, angering them. Melvin Cale, 3rd man, is fugitive from Tennessee prison. Cale and Moore are 1/2 brothers.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley