• Short Summary

    Our film is an intercut of two stories received from Italy today (Monday).

    The first covers?

  • Description

    1.
    GV Aircraft on tarmac(2 shots)
    0.13

    2.
    SV Hijacker seated & making statement surrounded by police(2 shots)
    0.22

    3.
    MV Policeman searching through hijackers belongings(2 shots)
    0.34

    4.
    SV Hijacker escorted out of building by police
    0.38

    5.
    GV PAN Countryside strewn with aircraft wreckage(2 shots)
    0.53

    6.
    SV Carabinieri searching wreckage (3 shots)
    1.09

    7.
    SV People looking PAN TO Carabinieri van
    1.17

    8.
    SV People walking among debris(2 shots)
    1.26

    9.
    CU Wheel PAN UP TO Priest blessing remains of aircraft(2 shots)
    1.36



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Our film is an intercut of two stories received from Italy today (Monday).

    The first covers the story of Mario Victor Maimone - a New Yorker of Italian descent - who hijacked a Swiss airliner on a flight from Geneva to Roma. The 29-year-old Maimone entered the cockpit of the DC-9 carrying a cigar box which he claimed was a bomb. On arrival at Rome's Ciampino Airport, he was arrested, and smilingly told reporters before being led away that he had done the hijacking to prove that he was the "reincarnation of Christ" and, he added, "Now I am going to lunch with His Holiness the Pope - we've got some things to discuss. You see, I am the Son of God". He was taken to Rome's "Queen of Heaver." jail to await chargers.

    The second story is on the investigations being carried out by officials in the mountainous countryside near Frosionoe, 50 miles (80 kilometres) southeast of Rome, where the wreckage of a domestic airliner lies scattered over half-a-mile(one kilometres) of farmland after crashing last night,killing all 15 passengers and a crew of three.

    SYNOPSIS: This Swiss airliner was hijacked on Monday by a man claiming to be the reincarnation f Christ. He is a 29-year-old New Yorker of Italian Descent,Mario Maimone, who boarded the aircraft in Geneva bound of Rome. He was arrested after touchdown and smilingly told reporters: "I am going to have lunch with His Holiness the Pops - we have things to discuss. You see, I am the Son of God". He had entered the cockpit carrying what he claimed was a bomb - but was later found to be only a box of cigars. He was not taken to the Vatican - but to the "Queen of Heaven" jail to await charges.

    Aircraft wreckage scattered over half-a-mile of mountainous countryside fifty miles southeast of the Italian capital. The domestic airliner had crashed on Sunday night, killing all fifteen passengers and a crew of three, but rain and high winds hampered any attempts at rescue, and it was not until Monday morning that rescuers and investigators were able to reach the wreckage.

    The crash occurred during of fierce thunderstorm, and it is not yet known how it happened. Some sources say that the aircraft apparently hit an electricity pylon before crashing and exploding in the Alban Hills. Local farmers called police when they heard the explosion and saw a column of smoke.

    There were no survivors - and a local priest gave a mass blessing to the remains of the crashed aircraft.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAAB8UFHFNWGFLBJY8UVU3147MJ
    Media URN:
    VLVAAB8UFHFNWGFLBJY8UVU3147MJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/04/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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