Soviet Union: A Dreaded First for Aeroflot

Authorities in the ancient Black Sea port of Trebizond, Turkey, bustled about excitedly last week as the Soviet Aeroflot AN-24 craft circled for an unscheduled landing. After all, few foreign planes ever land in the small (pop. 66,000) market town. Excitement soon turned to consternation as frantic passengers scrambled out the rear door and two bloodied pilots staggered from the front of the plane. Both had been wounded by gunshots. Inside lay the stewardess, 18-year-old Nadezhda Kulchenko, dead of a bullet wound. That dreaded international malady, skyjacking, had finally spread to...

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