George Wright was taken into custody in Portugal on Monday. This is the same George Wright who pulled off one of the most famous hijackings of an airliner ever. See, back in the day, there were no such things as metal detectors on planes and hijackings were actually not that uncommon. Then at some point someone said, "You know what we should do? Make people walk through a metal detector so there will not be so many guns on the planes."
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Anyway, George was convicted of murder in 1962 and sentenced to 15-30 years in jail. That seems like a short sentence compared to now. Anyway, he served 8 years and then escaped from jail. No one hears from him for two years until 1972 when, dressed as a priest he and several other people, including children hijacked a plane, got $1M in ransom from the FBI and then took the plane to Algeria. At that point, the Algerian government gave the US the money back but let the hijackers stay. Later all the rest of the hijackers were caught in France, tried, but not extradited to the US because France accused the US of racism. George Wright was the only one not tried. He had disappeared.
Monday he was found in Portugal where he had been living in the same village for 20 years. He is 68 years old.