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February 25, 2005 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Uli Derickson, a flight attendant who displayed remarkable courage while dealing with terrorists threatening passengers aboard a hijacked international flight in 1985, has died. She was 60. Derickson, who had been battling cancer since August 2003, died Friday at her home outside Tucson, her son, Matthew Derickson, told The Times. Derickson was the lead flight attendant on TWA Flight 847, carrying 152 passengers and crew on a flight from Athens to Rome on June 14, 1985.
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February 25, 2005 | Jon Thurber, Times Staff Writer
Uli Derickson, a flight attendant who displayed remarkable courage while dealing with terrorists threatening passengers aboard a hijacked international flight in 1985, has died. She was 60. Derickson, who had been battling cancer since August 2003, died Friday at her home outside Tucson, her son, Matthew Derickson, told The Times. Derickson was the lead flight attendant on TWA Flight 847, carrying 152 passengers and crew on a flight from Athens to Rome on June 14, 1985.
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June 19, 1990
Uli Derickson, a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines, became an overnight heroine in June, 1985, when terrorists hijacked TWA Flight 847 with 153 passengers and crew en route from Athens to Rome. The flight was diverted to Beirut then Algiers then back to Beirut and then back to Algiers and finally back to Beirut. Most passengers were released during the ordeal, but 39 American men held 17 days were freed June 30, 1985.
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June 19, 1990
Uli Derickson, a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines, became an overnight heroine in June, 1985, when terrorists hijacked TWA Flight 847 with 153 passengers and crew en route from Athens to Rome. The flight was diverted to Beirut then Algiers then back to Beirut and then back to Algiers and finally back to Beirut. Most passengers were released during the ordeal, but 39 American men held 17 days were freed June 30, 1985.
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July 16, 1985
A purser aboard TWA Flight 847 hijacked June 14 by Muslim extremists used her personal credit card to pay for $11,000 worth of fuel after officials at Algiers airport refused to refuel the plane because TWA did not have an account there, TWA officials said in New York. The airline will pay purser Uli Derickson's bill, said TWA spokeswoman Sally McElwreath.
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July 1, 1985 | United Press International
The 39 freed U.S. hostages stood at their news conference Sunday and applauded TWA flight attendant Uli Derickson, who was released earlier. "I think there is one person of the TWA crew that needs to be singled out in light of the adverse press that I read--Uli Derickson. Please," said hostage Peter W. Hill of Hoffman Estates, Ill.
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July 9, 1989
After viewing NBC's repeat of "The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story," I have a question. Was it the intention of NBC and the producers to inflame religious hatred by airing this film? The sequence that showed the hijacker first brutally beating passengers, and then performing ablution and prayer in what was supposed to be an Islamic manner was a new low. NBC should apologize--not only to Muslims, but to all those who stand against flaming the fires of intolerance. Michael Novikoff, Desert Hot Springs
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May 2, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
"The Taking of Flight 847: The Uli Derickson Story" (tonight at 9 on Channels 4, 36 and 39) is a re-enactment of the hijacking of a TWA flight from Athens to Rome in 1985. The incident is seen from the perspective of Derickson, the German-born flight attendant who was drafted into service as the terrorists' interpreter and who was later credited with saving lives. It appears to be an authentic and harrowing accounting of the episode.
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November 16, 2009 | Times Staff Reports
Paul Wendkos, 84, a director whose more than 100 film and television credits included the 1959 movie "Gidget" and its two sequels, died Thursday at his home in Malibu of a lung infection that followed a stroke, family representative C. Christie Craig said. "Gidget," starring Sandra Dee, was followed by "Gidget Goes Hawaiian" in 1961 and "Gidget Goes to Rome" in 1963. Wendkos' other films included 1969's "Guns of the Magnificent Seven." For television, he directed movies and mini-series such as "The Legend of Lizzie Borden" in 1975, starring Elizabeth Montgomery, and "A Woman Called Moses" in 1978 with Cicely Tyson.
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June 15, 1985 | United Press International
Trans World Airlines on Friday released the following list of crew members still held by Arab terrorists on hijacked Flight 847 and those passengers who were released by the hijackers. The information is incomplete and includes hometowns and first names where available. In most cases where there is no hometown, home states are listed. CREW: Capt. John L. Testrake, Richmond, Mo.; First Officer Philip G. Maresca, Utah; Flight Engineer Benjamin C.
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