The World: Real-Life Thriller

The 168 passengers aboard Lufthansa Flight 649 from New Delhi to Athens had just settled down to watch the latest James Bond flick, Diamonds Are Forever, when they were suddenly launched into a real-life thriller. Five Arabs, waving pistols and grenades, commandeered the 747 in the name of a hitherto unknown Palestinian guerrilla group called the "Organization of Victims of Zionist Occupation."

Among the passengers was Joseph P. Kennedy III, 19, eldest son of the late Senator Robert Kennedy. Young Joe, who was returning home from Bangladesh, was whacked on the shoulder when he neglected to keep his hands in the air....

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