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West German Plane Hijacking #490917

NBC Evening News for Monday, Oct 17, 1977
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(Studio) Pope Paul VI has offered self in exchange for hostages in hijacked Lufthansa jet; message is contained in condolences sent to family of Juergen Schumann, pilot of plane, who was killed by terrorists. Plane is now in Mogadishu, Somalia. Hijackers threaten to blow up plane soon if W. Germany doesn't meet demands, but government holds firm.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Bonn, West Germany) Report on situation in Bonn, where Chancellor Helmut Schmidt meets with cabinet and opposition leaders and crowds gather outside his offices. Officials say West German cabinet minister is now in Mogadishu and in direct contact with hijackers. [MAN - says government will try to do everything to save hostages' lives.] Justice Min. Hans Vogel is surrounded by bodyguards, evidence of heavy security given all major pol. leaders There's no word on kidnapped indust. Hanns Martin Schleyer; Lufthansa crisis team says copilot is in no condition to fly it. Schmidt apparently takes hard-line approach despite feelings of some opposition leaders that he should be more flexible; however, government seems to feel now that if it gives in to terrorists' demands, more such incidents could happen in future.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) 2 hostages are Americans from California.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) Christine Santiago and 5-yr.-old son of San Diego Cnty., California, are on plane; had gone to Spain to visit Mr. Santiago. Other 4 children are at home, waiting. [Daughter Christine DURHAM - says they have to hold each other together. Will hear encouragement from news or State Department, then hear that there's another threat.] Mrs. Santiago had heart attack earlier in year; family is worried with regard to her condition.

(Studio) Recap of events and terrorists' demands to date; West German minister of state Hans-Juergen Wischnewski is in Mogadishu talking to hijackers.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Neal, Roy;
Palmer, John

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