TWA Flight 847 Hijacking (Terrorism: Essential Primary Sources)
By: The photograph was taken by one of the hijackers.
Date: June 1985
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About the Photographer: The photograph was taken by one of the hijackers.
On June 14, 1985, Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight 847, a Boeing 727 under the command of Captain John Testrake, was hijacked after departing from Athens, Greece, bound for Rome, Italy. The plane held 153 passengers and crew.
Two Shiite gunmen connected with the terrorist group Hezbollah (also known as Hizbollah) based in Beirut, Lebanon, seized command of the jetliner shortly after takeoff at 10:10 A.M., using guns and grenades they had smuggled aboard. A third hijacker, Ali Atwa, unable to board the plane because it was full, was arrested in Greece.
Thus began a seventeen-day ordeal for the crew and many of the passengers. The plane first stopped for refueling in Beirut, where nineteen of the passengers were...
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