A young negro gunman hijacked a Boeing 727 from Chicago to New York yesterday (Saturday) and shot dead a passenger.
A young negro gunman hijacked a Boeing 727 from Chicago to New York yesterday (Saturday) and shot dead a passenger. It was the first hijack death in the United States. The hijacker, named by police as 23-year-old Gregory White, was wounded and captured after the jetliner had touched down at New York's Kennedy Airport."
The drama started even before the aircraft had taken off, when the gunman grabbed air stewardess Katherine Culver. Later she told her own story to newsmen:
At the same time Deputy Marshal Joseph Zito climbed aboard the airliner through a cockpit wearing an airline uniform. He described the mid-air gun battle:
For the rest of the flight, the hijacker stayed under cover behind a seat. He was wounded, captured and carried off to hospital in a serious condition during an exchange of fire with F.B.I. agents at Kennedy airport.
There is a full National Broadcasting Company commentary with this film, which is transcribed on our own commentary page.
SYNOPSIS: In the United States, a new hijacking drama on Saturday led to the death of a passenger -- the first in America -- and the capture of the wounded negro hijacker:
Twenty-three-year-old Gregory White of Chicago was wounded and captured today in New York after hijacking a T.W.A. jetliner in Chicago last night. He had shot to death an elderly male passenger and exchanged fore in mid-air with members of the crew and with a U.S. Deputy Marshal on the way to New York. At Kennedy Airport, law officers waited as the plane approached, with White holding Katherine Culver, a stewardess, as hostage. The hijacker permitted the body of the dead man to be removed in Chicago. In New York, the Deputy Marshal, the pilot and Miss Culver told what happened:
The shots fired in mid-air his no-one, but Miss Culver broke free in the exchange. White was shot by and F.B.I. man in the arm on landing at Kennedy. He was taken to hospital and then held on assault. In Chicago, he faces charges of homicide and air piracy.