TWA Flight 355 Hijacking

Shortly after Trans World Airlines Flight 355 left New York's La Guardia Airport on September 10, 1976, Croatian nationalists hijacked the aircraft by displaying what they claimed were “five gelignite bombs.” The Boeing 727's crew and the 81 passengers bound for Chicago followed the hijackers' instructions, unaware that the so-called bombs were in fact made of Silly Putty.

The group of hijackers, led by Croat Zvonko Busic and his American wife, Julienne Busic, a former TWA stewardess, took the plane on a bizarre transatlantic journey. Stopping in Montreal, the hijackers sent word that they had left another bomb and two political tracts in a subway locker at Grand Central Station in Manhattan. They demanded that four U.S. newspapers and the International Herald Tribune publish their appeal for Croatian independence and that leaflets proclaiming their message be air-dropped over New York, Montreal, and Chicago.

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