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West German Plane Hijacking / Rescue / Terrorists' Suicides #490935

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 18, 1977
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(Studio) West German commandos rescue hostages held aboard Lufthansa jet at Mogadishu, Sojnalia, airport by hijackers. (Film shown.) 3 hijackers are killed, 1 wounded, and 3 other terrorists are also dead, by committing suicide. Details of rescue noted; operation speedy. Commando unit was set up after 1972 Munich Olympic terrorist killings; this was its 1st duty. Both hostages and commandos are flown back to West Germany.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Bonn, West Germany) Report on arrival and welcome for hostages in Frankfurt; ceremony is held in which murdered pilot is cited for bravery. In Bonn, there is special welcome prepared for returning commandos. West Germany is still confronted with continued acts of terrorism, which commando unit must seek to control.
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Studio) Mrs. Christine Santiago and son Leo are among hostages released; she is in West German hospital for rest and checkup.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) News comes to Santiago family, waiting at suburban San Diego home, that mother and brother are safe. [Tony SANTIAGO - describes overseas telephone call.] Mrs. Santiago's children were particularly concerned about her because of heart condition.
REPORTER: Bill Sternoff (KCST tape, San Diego)

(Studio) Meanwhile, in West German maximum security prison, terrorist Andreas Baader and 2 fellow terrorists kill selves and another tries unsuccessfully to do same. Baader had given name to Baader-Meinhof terrorist organization
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(No location given) (Films of terrorist incident in Frankfurt, 1972, shown, along with films of 3 who committed suicide.) West German officials say Baader had often had more influence inside prison than out. Baader, his mistress Gundrun Ensslin and Jan-Karl Raspe were on list of those hijackers wanted released. After attempt is foiled, 3 kill selves; 4th terrorist, Irmgard Moeller, tried to stab self to death, but failed. Commando raid and suicides raise fears for life of head of German Mfrs. Association Hanns Martin Schleyer, kidnapped in September by Baader-Meinhof followers. Film being shown was made by kidnappers to prove Schleyer still alive, but authorities now fear he may have been killed in retaliation for commando raid and suicides. Shortly after announcement of suicides, pathologists arrive at prison for postmortem; government does this in order to protect self from chgs. by left that terrorists were murdered. So far, though, no one has explained how prisoners in solitary confinement got weapons.
REPORTER: John Dancy

(Studio) Details of death of pilot, Juergen Schumann, have been learned. It took place in Aden, South Yemen; details cited. International organization of airline pilots calls for United Nations General Assembly meeting on terrorism and many are planning 2-day strike, beginning next Tuesday Pentagon spokesperson says United States has specially trained forces prepared to cope with terrorism. White House official says troops would be used, if necessary, without regard to diplomatic considerations.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Dancy, John;
Palmer, John;
Sternoff, Bill

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