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July 1, 2021 60 min
"The stubbornness of this young man was beginning to get to me. He was just a kid – and I’m a mature command pilot. Besides all of that, this was my airplane, and it made me angry that this punk was trying to tell me what I could and could not do with it. I knew its capabilities and I knew its limitations. He waived his gun in my face again, Algera!" In his life, John had tragically lost his wife and two of his sons. So by the time he’d come face to face with a couple of young revolutionaries who got their way by executing helpless victims – he kept his cool. In the end there was nothing they could really threaten him with – and that very fact is was kept him calm enough to navigate his way through an international hijacking and hostage situation. But he had also learned something of a part of the world that he had previous not encountered. He learned that his hijackers, too, were victims of pain and loss. And the destruction being wrought upon their lives seemed to have no clear end in sight. Further Reading/Principle Sources: Testrake, John, and David Wimbish. 1988. Triumph over terror on flight 847. Kingsway. Photo Credit: Media Credit: AlienAqtor, Disorder of Rage (DxOxRx), Flanicx, and Rod Brandao - Tense (Parte 01
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