• Short Summary

    United States airline pilots threatened a strike in protest against what they see as inadequate steps by the United States Government to stop aircraft hijacking.

  • Description

    United States airline pilots threatened a strike in protest against what they see as inadequate steps by the United States Government to stop aircraft hijacking.

    Leaders of the U.S. Air LINE Pilots' Federation also accused the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of seriously endangering the lives of the crew and passengers of a jet which was hijacked to Cuba on November 11.

    Pilots' Association President John O'Donnell said at a press conference on Wednesday (November 15), that it was a miracle everyone on the plane was not killed when FBI agents shot and punctured the aircraft's tyres as it was taking off from Orlando in Florida, after three hijackers took over the Southern Airway jet.

    There are now signs that Cuba, where may U.S. hijackings end, may no longer be a haven for hijackers. Cuba yesterday (November 15) declared it was ready to negotiate over the problem of air piracy. The U.S. State Department replied publicly that there may be a basis for re-opening talks with Cuba on the matter.

    The Board of Directors of the U.S. Air Line Pilots' Association meet in about two weeks to consider strike action next year if there is no crackdown on hijackers.

    Mr. O'Donnell sent a letter outlining the Association's demands for stronger anti-hijacking measures to President Nixon on Tuesday (November 14). He spoke of his Association's stand at a Washington Press Conference yesterday:
    SYNOPSIS: American airline pilots - demanding adequate protection against hijacking - also complain of recent FBI action in shooting at the wheels of a hijacked airliner. Their President told reporters:

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2UZTJQ3WK925U77XBF7CLGZ3U
    Media URN:
    VLVA2UZTJQ3WK925U77XBF7CLGZ3U
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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