World: I Knew That You'd Make It' Aboard Cyprus Airways Flight 007 to Djibouti and back

Aboard Cyprus Airways Flight 007 to Djibouti and back

Captain Sam Melling, 44, British-born father of four, onetime R.A.F. flyer, chief pilot of Cyprus Airways, was enjoying a Saturday afternoon lunch with Wife Iris at a taverna in the mountains near Nicosia when he heard the news on the radio. Far below, in Nicosia, two gunmen had committed a political murder and were herding hostages to Larnaca airport. "I think we'd better dash back," said Captain Melling. "I'm the biggest hat in the company, and I'd better go."

The gunmen, armed with pistols and hand grenades, were already at the airport with their hostages...

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