Ulrich Wegener

 

 

Age: 88

 

Summary: German police commando who led the 1977 West German raid that rescued 90 people from a Lufthansa jetliner that four armed militants had hijacked and flown to Somalia in one of a series of attacks in 1977 linked to the anarchist Red Army Faction (also known as the Baader-Meinhof Gang), which became informally known as the German Autumn as the traumatic events culminated in the hijacking on October 13 of Lufthansa Flight 181, a Boeing 737 that has departed from Palma de Mallorca, Spain with 86 passengers and five crew members destined for Frankfurt, after members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (two of them Palestinian, the other two Lebanese) commandeered the plane and forced its pilot to land in Rome for refueling, then to head for Larnaca on the southern coast of Cyprus and demanded the release of 11 Red Army Faction militants along with two Palestinian compatriots held in Turkey and a $15 million ransom, but the West German government authorized the elite anti-terrorist squad Border Protection Group 9 commanded by a lieutenant colonel to storm the aircraft.

 

 

Cause of Death: Not released

 

Born: August 22, 1929

 

Died: December 28, 2017

 

Location: Cologne, Germany