July 3, 1976 CE – Israel Launches Operation Entebbe on Air France Flight 139

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July 3, 1976 CE – Israel Launches Operation Entebbe on Air France Flight 139Rate this post For seven days, Air France Flight 139 out of Athens had been out of its owners’ hands. Having left Greece on June 27th bound for Paris, the aircraft was soon diverted to Libya after four hijackers – two Palestinians and two Germans – stormed the cockpit. Late in the evening on July 3, 1976, a team of 100 commandos from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) launched Operation Entebbe, one of the most daring counter-terrorism rescues in history. The ordeal began after the Airbus A300 lifted off from Athens International Airport. The hijackers commandeered the […]