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TWA Flight 847. Terrorist Attack. The Flight. June 14, 1985 Boeing 727 In route from Athens to Rome 153 passengers and crew members. The Hijacking. Plane forced to land in Beirut (June 14) (19 released) Flew to Algiers, Algeria (June 14) (20 released)

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Twa flight 847

TWA Flight 847

Terrorist Attack


The flight

The Flight

  • June 14, 1985

  • Boeing 727

  • In route from Athens to Rome

  • 153 passengers and crew members


The hijacking

The Hijacking

  • Plane forced to land in Beirut (June 14)(19 released)

  • Flew to Algiers, Algeria (June 14)(20 released)

  • Flew back to Beirut (June 15)(U.S. Diver Robert Stethem killed/ 7 hostages taken into the city/ 12 more hijackers board the plane)

  • Flew back to Algiers, Algeria (June 15)(65 released)

  • Made final landing in Beirut (June 16) (Remaining hostages moved into city / held until June 30th)


Terrorist demands

Terrorist Demands

  • Release of the "Kuwait 17”

  • Release of all 766 Lebanese Shias

  • Israel's withdrawal from Lebanon

  • International condemnation of Israel and the U.S.


The hijackers

The Hijackers

  • Two men wielding grenades and hand guns

  • One identified as Mohammed Ali Hamadi

  • Belonged to Islamic Jihad

  • Commandeered the plane shortly after takeoff


Islamic jihad

Islamic Jihad

  • Fundamentalist Shia Group

  • Lead by ImadMughniyah

  • Headquarters was in Beirut

  • Known in 1980’s for Lebanese Civil War involvement

  • No longer active


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