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West German Hijacking Rescue / Terrorists' Suicides #46190

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 18, 1977
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(Studio) Hostages freed from hijacked Lufthansa plane. World leaders praise West German government for handling of incident.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(Bonn, West Germany) Last night, West German commando team saves hostages from plane, in Somalia; 3 of 4 hijackers are killed. Today, 3 of 4 jailed West German terrorists kill selves and 4th attempts suicide and is now in critical condition. Hostages arrive in Frankfurt to official welcome. (Film shown.)
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Frankfurt, West Germany) Report on hostages' arrival in Frankfurt and welcome for them. Govt. officials, hostages and employees of Lufthansa attend reception, during which murdered pilot, Juergen Schumann, is remembered. Afterwards, all go separate ways.
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman

(Santee, California) Mrs. Christine Santiago and son Leo were only Americans on board hijacked plane. Family celebrates release at Santee, California, home. [Hostage's daughter Christine DURHAM - crying for happiness.] Local radio station broke news to them and a bit later, son-in-law Mike confirms it with State Department [MIKE - asks if hostages will go to Frankfurt.] [Hostage's daughter Sonia BABCOCK - describes family's reaction to news.] [Mrs. DURHAM - feels sorry for terrorists, but is glad no one else had to die.]
REPORTER: Bill Redeker

(Bonn, West Germany) Could be said there was matter of honor in operation, because country had been unprepared to rescue Israeli athletes in Munich - Summer Olympics in 1972. Commando troop was formed after that incident.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(No location given) Details of commando raid, pieced together from various sources, described. Commandos had come to Somalia in civilian plane, using only navigation lights. Speed of operation noted. (Film shown.)
REPORTER: Tom Schell Artist: Bill Lignante

(Cologne, West Germany) Report on welcome for commandos, on arrival at Cologne airport. Comments of Germany's interior minister Werner Maihofer cited. While welcome is exuberant, there is reminder of death of pilot Juergen Schumann, as flags fly at halfmast. Commando group was formed after 1972 Olympic incident and was chosen for this mission because it is best qualified. Over wkend., poll showed West German people divided re: government giving in to terrorists; newspapers had guessed that government would do so. Now, conciliation in face of future terrorists is unlikely.
REPORTER: Mike Taibbi

(Bonn, West Germany) Deaths of 3 terrorists in German jails doesn't mean end to terrorism, but does mean, in 2 cases, end to terrorists whose names were feared: Andreas Baader, who shot self, and Gudrun Ensslin, who hanged self. Baader, along with Ulrike Meinhof, who committed suicide in jail last year, symbolized activities of group called Hitler's children by English author Jillian Becker. Ensslin was Baader's mistress and had reputation for being particularly cold-blooded. Other urban guerrilla who killed self was Jan-Karl Raspe, and attempt was made by Irmgard Moeller. Other members of Baader-Meinhof group continue to hold indust. Hanns Martin Schleyer.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Studio) Hostage's report of details of pilot's death, after he allegedly attempted to escape and was handed back to hijackers by South Yemen authorities, noted. International Airline Pilot Assns. calls for general strike on Tuesday, to back up demands for United Nations action against hijackers. Pentagon says United States also has counterterrorists force, made up of men from Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Reporter(s):
Jennings, Peter;
Redeker, Bill;
Schell, Tom;
Taibbi, Mike;
Walters, Barbara;
Zimmerman, Bill
Duration:
00:09:00

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