52 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
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-331B
Operator:Trans World Airlines – TWA
First flight:1965
Engines: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) (https://cdn.aviation-safety.net/database/country/flags_15/JY.gif   Jordan)
Phase:Standing (STD)
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.