CBS News archives: Unprecedented number of "skyjackings" in '72
On July 31, 1972, Delta Airlines flight 841 was boarding passengers in Detroit headed for Miami when the flight was taken over by eight passengers. Among them, a man later identified as George Wright, a fugitive who had been convicted of murdering New Jersey World War II hero Walter Patterson.
Patterson, armed and dressed as a priest, made the hijackers' demands crystal clear. CBS News cameras were there.
Click on the video above to watch news reports of the events and aftermath from CBS News in Miami, Boston, Atlanta and Detroit.
Over 60 planes were skyjacked in 1972, and people were killed during the attempts. Holding the planes for ransom became the biggest reason for the skyjackings.
That year, CBS News broadcast a special report "Whatever happened to '72?" Correspondent Walter Cronkite introduced a report by colleague Douglas Edwards on the unprecedented number of skyjackings that occurred that year.
CBS News also went undercover to test how well metal detectors worked in "Is this man a hijacker?"
Click on the video below to watch those reports.
- Ryan Ferguson's fight for freedom
- The Accuser
- A Fatal Attraction
- Secrets of the River
- fugitive @ hotmail.com
- The Preacher's Passion
- "48 Hours" Program Schedule
- Forbidden love ends with mother's violent murder
- "48 Hours Mystery:" Rodney Alcala's Killing Game
- The search for Mackenzie Cowell's killer
- The search for fugitive Dr. Yazeed Essa
- Murder at Sea?
- Unraveling the lies of Jodi Arias
- Muscle and Mayhem
- Extra: More victims in Alcala's photo cache?
- Over the Edge