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Southern Hijacking To Cuba #461353

NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 13, 1972
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(S)28 hour long hijacking over weekend reported Southern Airlines jet with 3 hijackers, 31 passengers and crew members finally stops in Havana, Cuba. Cuban officials take hijackers in custody, take reported $2 million ransom, send passengers back to US. Copilot shot. 3 others injured.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Federal Aviation Administration investigates hijacking. 2 of 3 hijackers spotted in air terminal at Birmingham, Alabama, Friday night as they approached ticket counter, by an alert clerk. Each hijacker was frisked for weapons. Each was inspected by electronic device. Police were not present.
REPORTER: Peter Hackes

(Studio) Several passengers say they saw no electronic checking devices.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Miami, Florida) [Passenger Alex HALBERSTADT - says hijackers brought arsenal aboard plane without detection. Criticizes FBI's shooting outplane's tires; action angered hijacker who shot copilot.]

(Studio) Passengers revel to see Cuban soldiers take hijackers captive, taking away their ransom money. Hijackings increase despite stepped-up precautions. State Department expresses appreciation to Cuba for cooperating with passengers and crew.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Hackes, Peter

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