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November

24

1985

November 24, 1985



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Diary Entry - 11/24/1985

Sunday, November 24, 1985

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Awakened at midnight with a call on a secure phone. An Egyptian airliner out of Athens hijacked & landed at Malta. A few passengers are American: Egypt sending a plane to Malta asking for our planes to give cover in case Lybia intervened—also asked for Am. presence & for help on ground in Malta. I said yes to all those points & our team is now on Sigonella. Shortly after 1 P.M. received call from J.P. (N.S.C.) that hi-jackers have freed some passengers including 3 Ams.—2 wounded 1 dead. Everything else has worked out & our team is joining Egyptians although they have asked only for technical aid—they will make actual assault.

3:35 P.M. Bud M. called—it’s all over. Egyptians stormed the plane & killed both hi-jackers. There are 24 casualtys—12 serious. Of the 3 Ams. 1 a woman is dead, 1 hospitalized—at least that is the info. we have as of now.