The Holy Hijacker

The Holy Hijacker

On 2nd May, 1981 fifty-five year old ex-Trappist monk Laurence James Downey boarded Aer Lingus flight EI 164 from Dublin to London. Five minutes out of Heathrow Downey went to the toilet, doused himself in petrol before going to the cockpit with a cigarette lighter in hand. He hijacked the plane which landed at Le Touquet in Normandy and Downey declared his demand that the Pope make public the Third Secret of Fatima.

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