• Short Summary

    A police sharpshooter, on Saturday (25 November), killed a middle-aged German gunman who had held a stewardess hostage for 24-hours aboard a Canadian airliner at Frankfurt Airport.

  • Description

    A police sharpshooter, on Saturday (25 November), killed a middle-aged German gunman who had held a stewardess hostage for 24-hours aboard a Canadian airliner at Frankfurt Airport.

    The drama began on Friday afternoon when 58-year-old Victor Widera, dressed as an airline cleaner, seized an Air Canada DC-8 jet plane and ordered all the crew to leave except a German-born Canadian stewardess, Margit Sommer. Widera, said by police to have a criminal record and believed to be mentally unstable, threatened to blow up the aircraft and kill his hostage and himself if his demands were not met.

    In a series of notes, Widera variously demanded the extradition of a Czechoslovak air pirate, the release of imprisoned Czechoslovak spies and West German left-wing anarchists and an order to ring Frankfurt's church bells.

    The end to the ordeal came just before Widera's time limit to blow up the plane. after accepting a transistor radio requested by Miss Sommer, the hijacker was seen to leave the stewardess and run froward in the plane. A police sharpshooter sew that Miss. Sommer was safe and he fired. As the shot rang out, other officers stormed aboard the aircraft. Widera was found dead with a loaded revolver by his side. Miss. Sommer was shaken, but unhurt.

    Police searched the plane for dynamite with which Widera had threatened to destroy the plane. They found a "certain substance" and gave it to a laboratory for analysis.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAD6SCW2N5PI9I48DN1S3THNODO
    Media URN:
    VLVAD6SCW2N5PI9I48DN1S3THNODO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/11/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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