German plane hijacked to Somalia in 1977 brought back home

Updated on Sep 23, 2017 08:34 PM IST

A Lufthansa passenger jet that was hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of a far-left militant group’s campaign against West German authorities has returned home.

An old Boeing 737 plane, the former "Landshut" aircraft of German airline Lufthansa, is being loaded on a flatbed truck for further transport after it landed onboard of an Antonov AN 124 cargo plane at the airport in Friedrichshafen, southern Germany, on September 23, 2017.(AFP)
An old Boeing 737 plane, the former "Landshut" aircraft of German airline Lufthansa, is being loaded on a flatbed truck for further transport after it landed onboard of an Antonov AN 124 cargo plane at the airport in Friedrichshafen, southern Germany, on September 23, 2017.(AFP)
Associated Press, Berlin | ByAssociated Press

A Lufthansa passenger jet that was hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of a far-left militant group’s campaign against West German authorities has returned home.

The dpa news agency reported Saturday that most parts of the Boeing 737 arrived Saturday in the city of Friedrichshafen, where they will be reassembled and displayed at the Dornier Museum.

The remainder is due to arrive Wednesday from Brazil. The aircraft ended up in a Brazilian carrier’s fleet and had been sitting decommissioned at the country’s Fortaleza Airport for years.

A Palestinian group demanding the release of members of West Germany’s Red Army Faction hijacked a Mallorca to Frankfurt flight in October 1977. The hijacking marked the peak of the “German Autumn” of leftist violence.

German commandos stormed the plane in Mogadishu, Somalia.

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