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West German Plane Hijacking #46174

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 17, 1977
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(Studio) Lufthansa hijacking has produced 1st death; plane is in Somalia and pilot has been killed. Threats are to blow up plane by tonight. Pope Paul has offered self in exchange for hostages.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(No location given.) Sequence of events in hijacking cited, along with demands of terrorists on plane and in West Germany. Plane was en route from Palma to Majorca, Spain, and then to Frankfurt; has been taken to Rome, Nicosia, Bahrain, Dubai, Oman, where it was refused permission to land, Aden, in South Yemen, and is now in Somalia. Chancellor Helmut Schmidt's government has refused demands, include those made by terrorists in West Germany who hold indust. Hanns Martin Schleyer captive. In Somalia, body of pilot, Juergen Schumann, is pushed from plane; plane is presumably in hands of copilot Juergen Vietor, whose ability to handle safe takeoff under conditions is in question.
REPORTER: Lynn Sherr

(Bonn, West Germany) Report on mood in West Germany. People gather at Schmidt's official offices; many who urged government not to give in to terrorists when Schleyer was kidnapped, have now changed minds. Fear remains, though, that if terrorists get own way, those like Andreas Baader, in prison for murder, will again be free. [Wilhelmine BROCKMAN - notes people gathered in Bonn don't know what to say or when decision will be made to stop terrorism.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(San Diego, California) Mrs. Christine Santiago and 5-yr.-old son Leo are only Americans on plane; family awaits word from State Department at home in San Diego. Mrs. Santiago had mild heart attack earlier in year and blood pressure medical she now has is expected to run out today. [Hostage's daughter Christine DURHAM - hopes mother is taking situation calmly, especially for brother, because he gets easily excited.] [Hostage's son Tony SANTIAGO - notes brother's attachment to mother and says if anything happens to her, Leo will panic.]
REPORTER: Adrienne Alpert (KGTV newsfilm)

(Studio) Unidentified jet, flying only with navigation lights, has landed in Somalia near hijacked plane; there's no word with regard to occupants of jet.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

5:35:50 (COMMERCIAL: Upcoming item; General Tires; Bufferin.)

Alpert, Adrienne;
Jennings, Peter;
Sherr, Lynn;
Walters, Barbara

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