Photos: On this Day, June 27, 1976 – The Entebbe Hijacking
Vern Williams Posted by vwilliams on 2013-06-27 08:09:56 tags: photos
On this Day, June 27, 1976 – an Air France plane with 248 passengers was hijacked, by members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the German Revolutionary Cells, and flown to Entebbe, near Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Shortly after landing, all non-Israeli passengers, except one French citizen, were released.
With the hijackers threatening to kill the hostages if their prisoner release demands were not met, the rescue operation was planned
100 Israeli commandos flew over 2,500 miles (4,000 km) to Uganda for the rescue operation. The operation, which took a week of planning, lasted 90 minutes and 102 hostages were rescued. Five Israeli commandos were wounded and one, the commander, Lt. Col. Yonatan Netanyahu, was killed. All the hijackers, three hostages and 45 Ugandan soldiers were killed, and thirty Soviet-built MiG-17s and MiG-21s of Uganda’s air force were destroyed.(AP, Wikipedia)
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