WASHINGTON (AP) – A cargo plane chartered by the Girl Scouts of America was stolen in a daring mid-air hijacking Wednesday, and officials say it vanished without a trace. The massive jet was transporting over 1 million Girl Scout cookies to troops serving in Iraq.
The three crew members, found hanging by their parachutes from a tree in Hampton, Va., said they were forced to jump from the Boeing 747-400 at about 20,000 feet. They were all unharmed.
The crew members said they heard scratching noises on the door leading from the cockpit to the cargo bay, and when the co-pilot went to check on the noise, a team of stocky, black-clad assailants stormed the cockpit.
The pilot, who asked not to be identified because he feared for his life, said he spotted a small red biplane flying dangerously close to the cargo jet shortly before the hijacking occurred.
"I know this sounds crazy," he said, "but it looked like a white beagle was flying the plane."