Triumph Over Terror on Flight 847

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Triumph Over Terror on Flight 847 by David J. Wimbish

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David J. Wimbish
Kingsway Publications
Date of release
Mass Market Paperback

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From Wikipedia: TWA Flight 847 was an international Trans World Airlines flight, which was hijacked by members of Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad, on Friday morning, June 14, 1985, after originally taking off from Cairo. The flight was en route from Athens to Rome and then scheduled to terminate in London. The hijackers were seeking the release of 700 Shi'ite Muslims from Israeli custody. ~~~ The passengers and crew endured a three-day intercontinental ordeal. Some passengers were threatened and some beaten. Passengers with Jewish-sounding names were moved apart from the others, and U.S. Navy diver Robert Dean Stethem was killed. His body was thrown onto the tarmac. Dozens of passengers were held hostage over the next two weeks until released by their captors after some of their demands were met. ~~~ The Boeing 727, tail number N64339, was piloted by 58-year-old Captain John Testrake and departed at 10:10 on 14 June 1985, carrying 153 passengers and crew, including flight engineer Benjamin C. Zimmermann, co-pilot Philip G. Maresca, and flight attendant Uli Derickson. ~~~ It was commandeered shortly after takeoff by two German-speaking Lebanese men who had smuggled pistols and grenades through the Athens airport security. One was later identified as Mohammed Ali Hamadi, who was later captured and sentenced to life imprisonment in Germany. ~~~ The 1986 film The Delta Force was loosely based on this event. ~~~ The 1988 made-for-TV film The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story was directly based on this event. The Nitzer Ebb song "T.W.A." (from the 1988 album Belief) appears to be inspired by this event, as it contains samples of someone saying "TWA flight 847" and "We must land at Beirut." The Zoviet France song "They're Eating the Passengers"... extensively samples a recording of the radio conversation between Captain Testrake and air traffic controllers... "Flight 741", a book in the long-running "Mack Bolan" series... Michael Jackson video for Man In The Mirror


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