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Michael Levy, Hero Sabena Pilot, Passes On  
User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7501 times:

Old people here (speaking from personal experience) remember this incident. Michael Levy, the pilot, died today at 88. Go with God, sir, and rest in peace.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...AgmuvIdQYuS8XXfNnaILTipswD9HDFDAG0

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Levy was a pilot for Belgian airline Sabena when he took off from Brussels bound for Tel Aviv on May 8, 1972 — his 50th birthday — with 90 passengers onboard. Mid-journey, the Boeing 707 was hijacked by four armed members of the group Black September, who ordered Levy to land at Israel's Lod — now Ben Gurion — airport and threatened to blow up the plane if Israel did not release more than 300 Palestinian prisoners.

Levy's response was admirably calm, even though one of the passengers was his wife Dora. It was their wedding anniversary and they had planned to celebrate with dinner in Tel Aviv.

He kept talking to the hijackers to keep them calm. Sent to convey messages from the militants to Israeli authorities led by Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, Levy gave the Israelis detailed descriptions of the attackers' numbers, weapons and positions.

After almost 24 hours, commandos disguised as airplane mechanics stormed the plane, killing two of the hijackers and capturing the other two.



"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
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User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2067 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 7364 times:
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The terrorist hijackings of the 1970's were a very dark time for commercial aviation.
Mr. Levy was a very brave man.



"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough!"
User currently offlinemaxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1034 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 6941 times:

That's CAPTAIN Levy!

He kept his head, and I noticed he received a NYT obit...


User currently offlineWA707atMSP From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 2179 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6579 times:

Thank you for sharing this with us.

What he did was every bit as courageous as what Sully did - it's a shame more people don't know his story!



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User currently offlineTymnBalewne From Bermuda, joined Mar 2005, 937 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6541 times:

Was his first name Michael or Reginald?


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User currently offlineshankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1528 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6388 times:

Thanks for posting this and my respect to the late Mr Levy and his family

Great story in what as Imperial Eagle notes was a period of regular hijacking and destruction of commercial airliners



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User currently offlineCodyKDiamond From Canada, joined Nov 2006, 537 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 6228 times:

My condolences to this wonderful Captain's family and friends. Captain Levy truely was a remarkable pilot.

User currently offlinecolumbia107 From Gibraltar, joined Aug 2004, 358 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3527 times:

In a world in which politicians are keen to name Hero's Day in order to honour politicians, we seem to overlook the real heroes i.e. a person who puts his own live at risk for the benefit and safety of others.

Captain Levy was one of them.



In God we trust
User currently offlineLumberton From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 4708 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2989 times:

Quoting maxpower1954 (Reply 2):
That's CAPTAIN Levy!
Quoting TymnBalewne (Reply 4):
Was his first name Michael or Reginald?

I stand corrected on both: Captain Reginald Levy.
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/05/world/europe/05levy.html

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Reginald Levy was born in Blackpool, England, on May 8, 1922, the son of Cyril and Ann Constant Levy. The hijacking took place on his 50th birthday. His wife, Dora Shawcross Levy, was on board; they were planning to celebrate in Tel Aviv.

Besides his daughter Linda, Captain Levy is survived by another daughter, Susan Schiphorst; two sons, Peter and Anthony; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Captain Levy joined the Royal Air Force when he was 18, flew bombing missions over Germany and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1944. After the war, he took part in the Berlin airlift and, in 1952, joined Sabena. He retired in 1982.

What a selfless, courageous man he was!



"When all is said and done, more will be said than done".
User currently offlineAvconsultant From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 1360 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2910 times:

I have never heard of this story. What a courageous move with an awesome ending.

User currently offlineEL-AL From Israel, joined Oct 2001, 1246 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

May he rest in peace.

By the way, the successful operation commander in 1972 was Ehud Barak, current minister of defence, and one of the soldiers taking part in it was Benyamin Netanyahu, current Israel prime minister.



"In our country, those who do not believe in miracles are irrational" - David Ben Gurion.
User currently offlinerottenray From United States of America, joined Jun 2010, 273 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

Quoting WA707atMSP (Reply 3):
What he did was every bit as courageous as what Sully did - it's a shame more people don't know his story!


I remember the event in the news - it happened just as I was developing a love for big commercial aircraft. I think I was 10 or 11, and for a long time I had several newspaper clippings.

Levy is truly a hero, and hopefully his calm-under-fire performance has inspired many young people of all walks - not just captains.


As the old saying goes - "Sadly, gone. Happily, never forgotten."


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12326 posts, RR: 35
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2494 times:

Nice obituary in the Daily Telegraph - what a career ... from Blenheims and Mosquitos to DC10s and 747s!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obit...tuaries/7931232/Reginald-Levy.html

Only one slight error in the article, in that it says that "with the arrival of the 747s ..." he converted from the DC10, whereas of course, the 747 was already in SN service a few years before the DC10s were acquired.


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