F.B.I. Agents foiled a hijacker who had demanded 100 million dollars (42 million Sterling) at?
F.B.I. Agents foiled a hijacker who had demanded 100 million dollars (42 million Sterling) at Dulles Airport, Washington, on Thursday (June 4).
When the TWA Boeing 727 landed, Fire tenders blocked the runway. F.B.I. Agents shot out the tyres of the aircraft before rushing the cockpit. The pilot, Captain Hupe, was shot in the stomach, and the hi-jacker Arthur Barkley was wounded in the thumb before being arrested.
The passengers had escaped from the aircraft using the emergency chutes when the shooting started.
The aircraft was hijacked shortly after take-off from Phoenix, Arizona, on a scheduled flight to Washington. The hijacker landed at Dulles airport to collect the 100 million dollar ransom he had demanded. He was given just over 100,000 dollars (42,000 sterling) and the 727 took off.
But two and a half hours later the aircraft returned, and the other 900,000 dollars was demanded. It was then that F.B.I. Agents took their action.
The Hijacking was prompted, apparently, by a Government claim for 471 dollars (195 sterling) back-taxes for 1964. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to allow him to appeal against the dismissing of a 100 Million dollar suit that he had filed against the Internal Revenue. The hijacking was to collect the damages he had claimed.