In Ireland, the hijacker of two American Airlines planes has surrendered to police after a flight across the Atlantic.
In Ireland, the hijacker of two American Airlines planes has surrendered to police after a flight across the Atlantic. The Serbian hijacker was carrying a satchel of dynamite, but Irish police arrested him with little difficulty. The drama began on Wednesday (20 June) when the Serbian nationalist, Nikola Kavaja, hijacked an American Airlines Boeing 727 on a flight from new York to Chicago. The hijacker was due to be sentenced in a United States court for plotting to kill Yugoslav diplomats. After releasing the planes' passengers in Chicago, he forced the three-man crew to fly him back to New York. There he commandeered a long-range plane with another crew. The plane landed at Shannon Airport in Ireland on Thursday (21 June). Reporter Jackie Castleberry takes up the story from Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
SYNOPSIS: After six hour flight across the Atlantic, the hijacked plane was taxiing on Irish soil. The first man to step down from the plane was Kavaja's lawyer -- Deyan Ramko Brashich. He had been with his client from the start of the drama.
Brashich told police -- and waiting reporters -- of his plans.
The lawyer did exactly as he had promised. Minutes later his client -- Nikola Kavaja -- quietly surrendered himself to waiting police and was taken into custody.