Readytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 2910 posts, RR: 3 Posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3019 times:
A friend was telling me a story back in the 70's when hijacking was all the rage that one American aircraft landed at a middle east airport and was only re-fueled after the crew handed over a credit card which belonged to the fuel company suppling it.
It that True ?
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Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17294 posts, RR: 51 Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3011 times:
Actually that is from the TWA 847 hijacking back in 1985. It was one of the flight attendants, Uli Derickson, who used her Shell Oil credit card to pay for 6000 gallons of jet fuel at Algiers. If it wasn't for her doing that (She was later reimbursed the $5500 that the fuel cost), the situation probably would have gone downhill pretty quickly. Her actions during the entire hijacking saved a lot of lives as she acted as a translator because many of the hijackers spoke German and she also hid the passports of any Jewish passengers.
Notably, she defused a tense situation in Algiers when airport officials refused to refuel the plane without payment by offering her own Shell Oil credit card, which was used to charge about $5,500 for 6,000 gallons of jet fuel, for which she later was reimbursed. She also hid the passports of Jewish passengers so they could not be singled out.
N702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 2792 times:
Quoting Readytotaxi (Thread starter): A friend was telling me a story back in the 70's when hijacking was all the rage that one American aircraft landed at a middle east airport and was only re-fueled after the crew handed over a credit card which belonged to the fuel company suppling it.
It that True ?
Ironically, you ask this question on ALMOST the anniversary date of the event.
The incident with the fuel card occurred 23 years ago YESTERDAY on June 14, 1985.
Windjammer From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 10 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2590 times:
According to Captain Testrake, the Times, and the Dallas Morning News, Uli offered her Shell Oil credit card twice (with each landing in Algiers), for a total of 12,000 gallons of jet fuel - her total bill coming to $11,000.
After paying for the fuel on Flight 847's first landing in Algiers, one passenger overheard Uli jokingly say, "My husband is going to kill me when he sees that bill!"
The ground crew in Algiers used a hand-operated stenciling machine to charge Uli's card. Kurt Carlson (a passenger on Flight 847) reported that an airline official told him the charge came through on Uli’s account in the United States.
TWA said it would pay the bill. The Times reported that Shell did not expect payment.
USAFDO From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 443 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 2552 times:
Does anyone remember a european/middle east hijacking, where by the security forces got a hold of the hijackers, and dragged them down, feet first, head hitting the portable stairs that were parked at the door?
I saw this on TV, it was very dramatic! Which hijacking was this?
Windjammer From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 10 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2161 times:
I believe the hijacking you are referring to happened in July of 1987. The New York Times reported that "the cabin crew of a hijacked Air Afrique jet overpowered and captured a lone Lebanese gunman after he killed a French passenger and critically wounded a steward while the plane was on the tarmac at Cointrin Airport.
He apparently planned to take the plane and its passengers to Beirut or Saudi Arabia.
Swiss police officers rushed up the covered stairway to the plane's forward entrance. The hijacker was rapidly dragged, feet first, down the staircase, pinioned on the ground and then carried away by his hands and feet to a police van.
The article is called, "JET CREW MEMBERS CAPTURE HIJACKER"