The Nation: 1972: A Chronicle of Flight, Capture and Death

Even before last week's outbreak of skyway savagery, so far this year 63 aircraft around the world, 35 of them in the U.S., had been the objects of hijacking, anonymous bomb threats or airport violence. The worst incidents:

Jan. 7: Allen Sims and Ida Robinson seized a Pacific Southwest airliner and ordered the pilot to fly to Cuba. The plane refueled at Los Angeles and at the Tampa, Fla., airport, which was shut down during the episode.

Jan. 20: Richard Charles LaPoint, 23, an ex-Army paratrooper, used a fake bomb to obtain $50,000 and two parachutes from Hughes Airwest. He jumped to safety...

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