• Short Summary

    A YOUNG AMERICAN WAS HERO WAS CAPTURED OUTSIDE ROME TODAY WEARING ONLY HIS UNDERPANTS AFTER STAGING THE LONGEST AND MOST SPECTACULAR HIJACKING IN HISTORY.

  • Description

    A YOUNG AMERICAN WAS HERO WAS CAPTURED OUTSIDE ROME TODAY WEARING ONLY HIS UNDERPANTS AFTER STAGING THE LONGEST AND MOST SPECTACULAR HIJACKING IN HISTORY.

    RAFFAELE MINICHIELLO - 20 YEARS OLD TODAY -- WAS SEIZED IN A SUNLIT VINEYARD NEAR THE "SANCTUARY OF DIVINE LOVE", A RELIGIOUS SHRINE NEAR THE APPIAN WAY.

    HIS CAPTURE CAME AFTER HE HAD FORCED A BOEING 707 JET -- ON AN INTERNAL FLIGHT IN THE UNITED STATES -- TO BACK TRACK ACROSS THE COUNTRY, FLY THE ATLANTIC AND TOUCH DOWN IN ROME AFTER A 7,000 MILE (11,000 KILOMETRES) 23-HOUR HIJACKING.

    MINICHIELLO, DECORATED DURING MILITARY SERVICE IN VIETNAM, WAS AWAITING COURT MARTIAL IN THE UNITED STATES WHEN HE HI-JACKED THE AIRCRAFT. HE FORCED THE PILOT AT GUNPOINT TO FLY TO SHANNON AIRPORT IN IRELAND AND THEN TO ROME.

    AT ROME THE AIRPORT POLICE CHIEF, DR. PIETRO GULI BOARDED THE AIRCRAFT ALONE WITHOUT HAT, JACKET OR WEAPONS. MINICHIELLO FACED HIM WITH A PISTOL AND A CARBINE RIFLE. BOTH MEN THEN WENT TO DR. GULI'S CAR, AND GULI WAS FORCED TO DRIVE TOWARDS NAPLE. MINICHIELLO WAS BORN IN NAPLES AND HIS AILING 80-YEAR-OLD FATHER STILL LIVES THERE.

    NEAR THE ALPPIAN WAY HE SUDDENLY LEAPT FROM THE CAR AND TOOK TO THE UNDERGROWTH. HE WAS ARRESTED FIVE HOURS AFTER LANDING IN ROME.

    THE HI-JACKING BEGAN WHEN THE AIRCRAFT WAS 15 MINUTES OUT OF LOS ANGELES. MINICHIELLO APPEARED WITH A GUN AND ORDERED THE PILOT, CAPTAIN DONALD COOK, TO FLY TO NEW YORK. HE WAS PERSUADED TO ALLOW A REFUELLING STOP AT DENVER, COLORADO AND THE AIRLINER'S 39 PASSENGERS AND THREE OF THE STEWARDESSES WERE ALLOWED TO GET OFF THERE.

    THE STEWARDESS WHO REMAINED WAS TRACY COLEMAN, A PRETTY 21 YEAR OLD COLOURED GIRL. SHE VOLUNTEERED FOR THE JOB.

    WHEN THE AIRCRAFT CAME DOWN IN NEW YORK THE HIJACKER, APPARENTLY MADE NERVOUS BY A HUGE RECEPTION COMMITTEE, THREATENED TO SHOOT THE CREW. HE FIRED A SHOT INTO THE ROOF OF THE AIRCRAFT, BUT DID NOT PIERCE THE SHELL.

    BECAUSE THE TWO PILOTS ABOARD DID NOT HAVE INTERNATIONAL LICENSES MINICHIELLO, WHO WANTED TO LEAVE AMERICA, WAS PERSUADED TO ALLOW TO INTERNATIONAL PILOTS ON BOARD.

    ONE OF THEM CAPTAIN WILLIAMS SAID THEY HAD BEEN FORCED TO REMOVE THEIR CAPS AND JACKETS AND LIE DOWN IN THE GALLERY TO BE SEARCHED.

    BEFORE REACHING ROME THE AIRCRAFT MADE OTHER REFUELLING STOPS IN BANGOR, MAINE AND SHANNON AIRPORT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACQ402WHSWNRAICGYFXJDS2D2A
    Media URN:
    VLVACQ402WHSWNRAICGYFXJDS2D2A
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/11/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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