- Sabena Flight 572
May 8 1972a passenger aircraftof the Belgian airline company Sabena Boeing 707that was in flight from Viennato Tel Avivwas hijacked by four terrorists from the Palestinianterrorist group Black September organization and landed at the Tel Aviv airport near Lod.
The attack was planned by
Ali Hassan Salamehand carried out by a group of four terrorists led by Ali Taha.Cite news | title =In a ruined country | publisher = The Atlantic Monthly| url =http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200509/samuels/12 ]
The kidnappers demanded the release of 315 convicted Palestinian terrorists [Cite news | title =Striking Back: The 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and Israel's Deadly Response | publisher =
AARP The Magazine| url =http://www.aarpmagazine.org/books/striking_back.html ] which were imprisoned in Israel, and threatened to blow up the airplane with its passengers. The security minister, Moshe Dayan, conducted negotiations with the terrorists while also making preparations for a rescue operation, code-named "Operation Isotope".
May 9 1972at 4:00 p.m. the rescue operation began: a team of 16 Sayeret Matkalcommandos, led by future Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, approached the airplane. [Cite news | last =Sontag | first =Deborah | title =2 Who Share a Past Are Rivals for Israel's Future | publisher = The New York Times| pages =Section A, Page 3, Column 1 | year =1999 | url =http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30917FD3D5E0C738EDDAD0894D1494D81&n=Top%2fReference%2fTimes%20Topics%2fPeople%2fB%2fBarak%2c%20Ehud| date =1999-04-20 ] The commandos were disguised as airplane techniciansin white coveralls, and they were able to convince the terrorists that the aircraftneeded servicing. The commandos stormed the aircraft and took control of the plane in ninety seconds, killing two of the hijackers and capturing the other two. One of the commandos was future Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was accidentally shot by a member of the rescue team but survived. Three of the passengers were also wounded in the take over, with one female passenger eventually dying from her wounds.
The two female surviving terrorists were sentenced to
life imprisonment, but were later freed as part of a prisoner exchangefollowing the Lebanon War.
The hijacked airplane itself continued to be operated by Sabena for 5 more years before being purchased by
Israel Aircraft Industries. They eventually sold the airplane to the Israeli Air Force, where it served as a spy plane for many years and participated in most of the Air Force's long range operations.
* [http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Society_&_Culture/special.html Israeli Special Forces History]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Black September (group) — The Black September Organization ( ar. منظمة أيلول الأسود, munazzamat aylul al aswad ) was a Palestinian militant group, founded in 1970. The group s name was taken from the conflict known as Black September, which began on 16 September 1970,… … Wikipedia
Sayeret Matkal — Abzeichen der Sajeret Matkal Wappen der Sajeret Matkal Die Sajeret Matkal (hebräisch: סיירת מטכ ל, „Späher des Generalstabes“; bisweilen in Anlehnung an die Transkri … Deutsch Wikipedia
Sajeret Matkal — Abzeichen der Sajeret Matkal Die Sajeret Matkal (hebräisch: סיירת מטכ ל, „Späher des Generalstabes“; bisweilen in Anlehnung an die Transkription ins Englische auch Sayeret Matkal) ist eine Spezialeinheit der israelischen Streitkräfte mit dem… … Deutsch Wikipedia
May 1972 — January – February – March. – April – May – June – July – August – September – October – November –December The following events occurred in May 1972. Contents 1 May 1, 1972 (Monday) 2 May 2, 1972… … Wikipedia
List of terrorist incidents, 1972 — The following is a timeline of acts and failed attempts that can be considered non state terrorism in 1972.*flag|SFR Yugoslavia, January 26: Yugoslavian Airlines Flight 364 is brought down by an explosion. Officially a bomb was placed on the… … Wikipedia
Ehud Barak — Infobox Prime Minister name=Ehud Barak אֵהוּד בָּרָק order=10th office=Prime Minister of Israel term start =6 July 1999 term end =7 March 2001 predecessor =Benjamin Netanyahu successor =Ariel Sharon birth date =birth date and age|1942|2|12 birth… … Wikipedia
John F. Kennedy International Airport — For the regional airport in Wisconsin, see John F. Kennedy Memorial Airport. John F. Kennedy International Airport USGS aerial image as of April 8, 1994 IATA: JFK – ICAO: KJFK – … Wikipedia
Deir Yassin massacre — Deir Yassin today, part of the Kfar Shaul Mental Health Center, an Israeli psychiatric hospital. Participants Irgun, Lehi, and Arab villagers … Wikipedia
Armavia — Airline Company Co. Ltd «Արմավիա» ավիաընկերություն» ՍՊԸ IATA U8 ICAO RNV Callsign … Wikipedia
CYQX — Gander International Airport … Deutsch Wikipedia