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History Question, Hijacking Aircraft.  
User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3232 posts, RR: 2
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3352 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 ?  Confused


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User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3344 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.

User currently offlineReadytotaxi From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 3232 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3329 times:



Quoting Srbmod (Reply 1):

Many thanks for the detailed post, amazing.
Something like that could not happen today, I hope.



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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 3299 times:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TWA_Flight_847

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.


User currently offlineDispatchguy From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1249 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 3204 times:

Yeah, Uli Derrickson did a Shindler's list with TWA847.

The good thing was that she had the room on her plastic for the fuel charge. However, maybe back then they didnt electronically approve the charge.

According to her Wikipedia article, if it is true, Ms Derrickson is no longer with us. I remember that several years ago, Captain Testrake, died as well.



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User currently offlineN702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 3125 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.


User currently offlineN702ML From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3072 times:

There is an excellent website you may be interested in....it is a tribute to Uli Derickson....lots and lots of information about her and flight 847...

http://www.uliderickson.net/index.htm


User currently offlineWindjammer From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 10 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2923 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.


User currently offlineUSAFDO From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2885 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?


User currently offlineUSAFDO From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Nobody remembers this incident?

User currently offlineOPNLguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 2715 times:



Quoting USAFDO (Reply 8):
I saw this on TV, it was very dramatic! Which hijacking was this?

Sounds like a routine crew change at some airlines I know of back then...  Wink

Seriously, I have no memory of which event it might have been...


User currently offlineUSAFDO From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 2672 times:

It was pretty Violante. The security forces stormed the jet, and I remember see them dragging a hijacker by his feet, head hitting the metal stairs, rushing to get him out of the area.

Probably back in the 70's or 80's.


User currently offline707lvr From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 583 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 2608 times:

Robert Dean Stethem was murdered in the course of this hijacking.

User currently offlineWindjammer From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 10 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 2494 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"

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpag...61948260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all


User currently offlineUSAFDO From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 443 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

Windjammer....you hit the nail on the head. Thank you!

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