This is a true story about a hijacking to Cuba in January of 1980. They safely arrived in Cuba hoping the hijacker would get off, but instead he demanded to refuel and take him to Iran. The flight crew and passengers devised a complicated, risky plan to secretly evacuate.
This is a true story about how Art was a pilot on a Delta L 1011 that was hijacked to Cuba in January of 1980. They safely arrived in Cuba hoping the hijacker would get off, but instead he demanded to refuel and take him to Iran. This was two months after students loyal to the Ayatollah had taken over the U.S. Embassy. During the night flight to Cuba, Captain Vickers asked the hijacked to see his gun. “We can’t leave the U.S. on a hoax or a prank” The hijacked showed Captain Vickers a small .25 caliber gun saying, “These are poisoned hollow-point bullets. I can shoot you in the elbow and see how fast you die” Hoping to avert a bloody tragedy, the flight crew and passengers devised a complicated, risky plan… Arthur Krull’s Hijacked-A Critical Change of Plans tells you their story-and much more-showing how the events of that day resonate to this day.
The book describes Art Krull’s life as a civilian, military and commercial pilot and relates how his wife, Kathy, dealt with his career and especially how she managed their three young boys during the frightening hijack ordeal.
Art has presented his story as a guest speaker and lecturer for over 35 years and continues to do so along with Kathy. Art and Kathy are both graduates of the University of Washington.