NBC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 16, 1973
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(Studio) Arab gunman hijacks Lebanese plane and forces it to land at Tel Aviv, Israel.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley
(Tel Aviv Airport) Israelis refuse hijacked plane landing space till gunman threatens to blow plane up. Hijacker overpowered without violence. [Flight engineer Ole OLSON - says hijacker deranged; would blow plane to pieces.] Another crewmember thinks hijacker drunk, but crew reacted very seriously. Arab passengers allowed to resume flight. Hijacker insists he meant no harm; wants Arabs and Jews to live in peace. Israel's chief of staff jokes with crew members about setting up special place for Arab planes. Arab plane 2nd to land forcibly in Israel in 1 wk.
REPORTER: David Burrington