A retired coal-miner was foiled in an attempt at Washington's Dulles airport on Friday night to hijack an airliner to Israel.
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Background: A retired coal-miner was foiled in an attempt at Washington's Dulles airport on Friday night to hijack an airliner to Israel.
The pistol-waving man, later identified by the F.B.I. as Glen Elmo Riggs, hi-jacked a Boeing 737 jet soon after it left Charleston, West Virginia on its way to Newark, New Jersey.
He forced the crew to set down at Dulles airport, and was later promised a D.C.8 to do the trip he wanted to Israel. The short-haul 737 could not go as far.
But this was not necessary. After three hours of talking, the Boeing's second officer talked the hijacker out of the flight to Israel,and seized his gun in an unguarded moment. The crew then summoned the F.B.I. to arrest him.
The hi-jacker said he wanted to go to Tel Aviv to help build a temple or be a foreman on a farm. He also said some kind of bomb was going to obliterate the United States, and he wanted to leave the country.
He has been remanded in custody in Washington on a charge of air-piracy -- which carries the death penalty.
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SYNOPSIS: This United Airlines Boeing 737 Airliner was the scene of a dramatic hi-jack attempt on Friday night at Washington's Dulles international airport.
In a flight deck confrontation, the second officer of the aircraft managed to talk the hi-jacker out of his venture and seized his gun.
The hi-jacker was a pistol-waving retired coal-miner, who said he wanted to go to Israel. He held three of the Boeing's crew at gunpoint for three hours before he was disarmed and arrested.
The man, named by the F.B.I. as 58 year-old Glen Elmo Riggs, allowed the 63 passengers and three stewardesses to disembark at Dulles after forcing the jet to touch down there.
He boarded the aircraft at Charleston, West Virginia, then, confronting second officer Greg Coalition at gunpoint ten minutes after take-off, made him do what he wanted.
At one point the airline promised to provide the hi-jacker with a D.C. 8 airliner to make the journey to Israel he demanded. The short-haul 737 could not make this trip.
Riggs was finally arrested by F.B.I. agents after the crew announced they had got his gun. He was remanded in custody on a charge of air-piracy -- which carries the death penalty.