CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Mutiny in the Air Lanes

On runways at Czechoslovakia's Bratislava, Brno and Moravska Ostrava, the morning planes for Prague roared off as usual one day last week. Aloft in the three state-owned airliners (DC-3s) were 85 passengers and crewmen. With them flew melodrama.

Captain Josef Klesnil, pilot of the plane from Brno, had flown 17 minutes on his northeasterly course when copilot and radioman pulled pistols on him. They ordered him to turn southwest. "Don't joke," said Klesnil. "If you go against our wishes," said the mutineers, "we'll blow your brains out." For more than an hour, with pistols at his head, the captain flew...

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