Book: Hijackers had airplane in nosedive heading for U.S. nuclear reactor — “A very, very scary situation” -Energy Official

Published: April 16th, 2013 at 12:52 pm ET


Title: The odd side of Oak Ridge history
Source: Knoxville News
Author: Frank Munger
Date: April 16, 2013

On the morning of Nov. 11, 1972, Oak Ridge stood still — or nearly so — while a hijacked Southern Airways jetliner circled above.

“It was a very, very scary situation,” Jim Alexander, a retired public affairs officer at the Department of Energy, recalled in a 2001 interview.

The hijackers threatened to crash the airplane into the Oak Ridge nuclear facilities if their demands, including $10 million in cash, were not met. […]

The threat was real, according to a 1977 book, “The Odyssey of Terror.”

The author, Ed Blair, wrote that the hijackers went berserk after placing a call to the White House and being shunned by John Ehrlichman, an aide to President Nixon, who apparently was unaware of the crisis. Blair reported that the hijackers held a grenade to the pilot’s head and ordered him to dive the plane toward the Oak Ridge reactor. The plane was actually in a nosedive when a report came over the radio that the money demands were being met […]

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Published: April 16th, 2013 at 12:52 pm ET


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11 comments to Book: Hijackers had airplane in nosedive heading for U.S. nuclear reactor — “A very, very scary situation” -Energy Official

  • Red Cloud Red Cloud

    Those were the days!
    Good to know grenades and people going berserk are no longer allowed on airplanes.
    Besides, hijackers that like to enjoy retirement money have brains and Chernobyl and Fukushima have proven them there will be safe place to enjoy a cocktail in the tropical breeze the day after.

    The difference between the hijacker and the investor in Nuclear is that the hijacker aborts his nuclear plans once the money is in.
    Now our nations are taken hostage by the situation "too costly a mess to have shareholders pay for the shutdown / cleanup".

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Another good reason to end nuclear. Must be outlawed. Way too dangerous.

  • irhologram

    SOOO… How many miles (or minutes) do you think it is from the Stuart FL airport to the St. Lucie nuclear power plant. I'd give flight time to be less than a minute. Although this is not a commercial airport, planes of all sizes land or are housed there. Private plane too small? Well…what if you aimed it at the water intake pond gate? How many other nuke facilities are unreasonably close to airports? A nuclear expert says this is "a very, very scary situation"? Because in 1972, a highjacked commercial jet came close to goal? Well, I'd say we've been a whole lot more terrorized by irresponsible "scientists" than we have been since '72. But if a "terrorist" or terrorist look-a-like wanted to fly into the St. Luck power plant, I don't see what would stop them.

  • i have been engaged by this headline and wondered if a mechanical digger would penetrate a mini nuke casing?? is it possible to damage the hundreds of "research reactors" and vitrification plants! maybe not a meltdown but it would be messy! considering the "terrorist" situation ongoing in the usa, i am really concerned that the "other" types of reactors, some in universities might be a real threat!
    i hope the huge security apparatus is on the case here…

    what do you make of this

    any connection that loads of activists get attacked, north korea, 35,000 web warrioirs working at the pentagon since 29 feb 2013
    loads of high profile figures web sites getting hacked
    and me
    but i got linux now πŸ™‚

    but christina on nuclear-news didnt πŸ™
    computer in for repair

    they hacked a dear sweet little old lady!!??
    bet shes enjoying a well earned rest though!! πŸ˜‰
    she will be back!

    2 links… ummmm

    my favourite so far this week

    kevin blanch on full form and hes cocked and loaded
    with a pdf!! πŸ™‚
    on topic as it is about an isotope loving president? πŸ™

    in case anyone missed it!

  • benny1234

    It has always amazed me that Three Mile Island nuclear plant in the Susquehanna River is located directly on the flight path approach into the Harrisburg, PA airport, only about 2.5 miles away. As the plane is coming in for an approach, it is nosing down and only about 2000 ft above TMI. It is incredible to me that the FAA and NRC would permit this since it heightens the possibility of an aircraft "accident".

  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    Thank you, Enenews. This link is a jewel.

    How come I am not surprised Alvin Weinberg isn't mentioned there?

    His MSR approach was very interesting indeed. What a pity that it wasn't pursued because it doesn't deliver good bomb material.

  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    By the way, the picture of the monkey really saddens me.

    It has a leaded coat on, to protect his inmates from the radiation ofthe substances it was injected with. Even the human on the photo has thick gloves to protect him from the radiation when handling the monkey.