The World: Flight to Nowhere

Darting first one way, then the other, a headless eel was loose in the Middle East last week. So some Japanese described the skyjacked J.A.L. 747 as it flew east from Amsterdam to Dubai, then west again to Damascus, and finally to its last landing in Libya in an eerily aimless 87-hour journey that endangered the lives of all aboard and caused Israel to go on military alert. Fearing that the jumbo jet might be used in a kamikaze attack on one of their cities, the Israelis were prepared, if it came too close,...

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