Editor, Daveed Fakheri
LONDON – Reginald Levy, a pilot praised for his cool-headed
bravery during a 1972 hijacking by Palestinian militants, has died at
the age of 88, his daughter said Thursday.
Linda Lipschitz said her father died Sunday in Dover, southern
England, of a suspected heart attack or blood clot.
Levy was a pilot for Belgian airline Sabena when he took off from
Brussels bound for Tel Aviv on May 8, 1972 — his 50th birthday —
with 90 passengers onboard. Mid-journey, the Boeing 707 was
hijacked by four armed members of the group Black September, who
ordered Levy to land at Israel's Lod — now Ben Gurion — airport
and threatened to blow up the plane if Israel did not release more than
300 Palestinian prisoners.Continue