At 10:10 a.m., Flight 847 took off from Athens for Rome in Italy. After that, it was scheduled to cross the Atlantic Ocean and land in Boston, Massachusetts, before making its final stop in Los Angeles, California. The ill-fated flight would never reach its final destination, however.
Just half an hour after take-off, in fact, things began to go wrong. The flight was suddenly interrupted by two armed Lebanese men. They had somehow managed to bring grenades and a gun onto the plane. And soon Flight 847 was under the hijackers’ control.
It turned out that the two men were members of Hezbollah, and the hijacking of Flight 847 was the latest incident in a long and complex political struggle. Based in Lebanon, the group was established by Shia Islamists in response to the Israeli occupation of parts of the country.