51 Years ago today: On 13 September 1970 a Swissair DC-8 and a TWA Boeing 707 were blown up at the desert airfield Zerqa, Jordan after being hijacked.
|Date:||Sunday 13 September 1970|
|Operator:||Trans World Airlines – TWA|
|Engines:||4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Aircraft damage:||Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||Zerqa RAF Station (Dawson’s Field) ( Jordan)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany|
|Destination airport:||New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America|
The Boeing 707 carrying 141 passengers and 10 crewmembers was hijacked after leaving Frankfurt September 6. The plane was then flown to Zerqa, a military airfield 20 miles N of Amman. Hijackers from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine released the hostages and blew up the plane September 13.