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So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Tue Oct 03, 2000 8:14 am

Everyone keeps saying that the last 727-200 to operate for TWA was the very one that was hijacked from Athens to Beirut and Algiers. Is this true? Was it done on purpose? It seems to coincidental to not have been. Boy, some airplanes sure do make history.
 
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RE: So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Tue Oct 03, 2000 9:41 am

I would be interested in knowing this myself. I have only been on two TWA 727s, and one of them was N64339, the one that was hijacked! I flew on it from STL to TPA on 6/21/76.

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RE: So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Tue Oct 03, 2000 9:46 am

I've just been looking at a series of photos of the hijacked TWA 727 (14 June - 1 July 1985), but the registration number is not readily visible in any of the pics.
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RE: So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Tue Oct 03, 2000 9:54 am

In May 1984, Capt. John Testrake piloted a flight I was on from STL to ORD. It was a 727-200, but I don't recall the tail number.
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RE: So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Tue Oct 03, 2000 9:55 am

I don't know whether it's relevant, but at this very moment they are showing a film on WGN Cable about a story very tightly based on TWA847 from Athen sto Rome to London being hijacked & flown first to Beirut etc.

WGN Cable started 8pm ends 10pm. It's got a 707 and the guy from all the Airport (Joe Patroni) films in it... George... whathisname.

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RE: So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Tue Oct 03, 2000 10:59 am

Yes, they are one and the same (the Beirut plane and the 'last flight' plane). I took pictures to prove it, and it was confirmed by former pilots who were on the last flight (which was MSY to STL).

I think it was planned. N54339 was still in the fleet at the end, and it seemed the obvious choice to me.

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RE: So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Tue Oct 03, 2000 1:30 pm

The movie on WGN tonight was "The Delta Force" and "the Airport guy" is George Kennedy. Despite the movie being somewhat B-ish it does have an all star cast including a Pam Am Boeing 707-139. (N778PA)
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Just An FYI

Tue Oct 03, 2000 1:39 pm

Captain Testrake passed away a few years back.
 
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RE: So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Tue Oct 03, 2000 10:26 pm

I believe Capt.Testrake wrote a book about the ordeal as I recall. Sorry, cannot remember the exact name however. It did have a red dustcover it seems. I remember reading it about 88 or 89. Thought it was pretty good.. God Bless Capt. Testrake, He sure did one helluva job in that ordeal. All of them could have ended up dead.

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RE: So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Tue Oct 03, 2000 11:10 pm

"Triumph over Terror on Flight 847" is the name of Capt. Testrakes' book. It has a lot of religious references in it, so you might find it at a Christian bookstore. ISBN is 0-8007-1527-6.
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RE: So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Wed Oct 04, 2000 12:31 am

One of the hostages, i think his name is Kurt Carlson, went on to write a book also. If you come across the book, it's a good read.
 
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RE: So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Wed Oct 04, 2000 5:44 am

The last four reg numbers of the hijacked one is 4339. I'm looking at Flights of Terror by David Gero and there is a photo in it. Was there ever a TWA hijacked or blown up round about the Middle East in the mid 1980's but in October? I'm sure I remember watching something on the news at a LHR hotel on the way back from my holidays.
 
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RE: So, Was The Last TWA 727 The One That Was Hijacked

Wed Oct 04, 2000 5:56 am

Thanks DL-Mech.Thats it!.
yes there was another TWA 727 that took a small bomb hit from one in a briefcase under a seat on a flt from Rome to Athens, I think. As I recall , several passengers were casualties.
 
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Tan Flyr

Wed Oct 04, 2000 12:33 pm

There were four casualties including an infant when the were sucke out of the plane and I do remeber hearing that quite a few were injured by flying debre but I don't know how many. Are you sure 7 had died because I'm only reading that four were killed in the old news articles I have with me.
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