Algeria: Skyway Robbery

The hijacking of U.S. airliners for unscheduled trips to Cuba has become so commonplace that a virtually automatic routine has evolved for the prompt release of planes and passengers. The matter was far more serious last week when three well-dressed Arab passengers seized Israel's El Al Flight 426 an hour out of Rome and forced it to divert its course from Tel Aviv to Algiers. What the Arabs wanted from their skyway robbery was not a free trip but bounty and hostages to use against Israel.

One of the hijackers, a swarthy man...

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