Terror on the Airline

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In the late 1900s there were many terrorist attacks on airlines.

In 1976 France Flight 139 was hijacked by Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian, a foreign terrorist group formed after the Arab-Israeli War. The plane started at Athens, and was going to Paris, but was rerouted to Uganda. There, the four terrorists were joined by four more. They asked for several Palestinians to be released, mostly from Israel. Some were released, but more were still held hostage. The terrorists then separated the Jewish people on the plane from the non-Jewish people on the plane. They sent the non-Jewish people on their way to Paris, but kept the other ones behind. The captain of the plane said he was not leaving the Jewish passengers behind. Of the 248 passengers, the captain reluctantly left with 148. The rest were kept hostage and threatened with death.

The hostages were kept at the airport from June 29 to the fourth of July. Then the Israeli Defense Force raided the Uganda airport, killed the hijackers and freed the hostages.

In 1972 there were seven different hijacking attempts on airlines all over the world, including China, Ethiopia, and Trans World airlines.

In March of 2015, a German airline was hijacked by its own copilot. The captain went out to take a rest, and the copilot started to descend the plane, eventually crashing into the Alps near a French village. There were 150 people total on board.

From February of 1931 to March of 2015,  there have been over 150 airplane hijackings in the world.

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