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The Skyjacking of 1970 Commentator and former CBS-TV anchorman Walter Cronkite recounts the events of early September 1970, when four commercial jet planes were hijacked. Passengers on one of the planes rose up and overpowered their capturers. The other three planes later exploded in fireballs as the calendars in America read September 11th. A fifth plane was also taken and blown up. All these events were reported at the time by Cronkite, but are now largely forgotten, even though they represent the birth of skyjacking as a weapon of terrorism (as oppose to a flight to freedom.)