What was once a joyride to Cuba has turned into political blackmail and airport gun battles. The next escalation could trigger a grave international crisis. Waving a gun and a hand grenade, a passenger suddenly shouted, "This is a hijacking! Stay in your seats!" The words were barely out of his mouth when a security agent on board opened fire. Bullets ripped into the hijacker, who pulled the pin on the hand grenade and tossed it down the aisle. A quick-thinking passenger quickly snatched it up and threw it into a seat in front of him. The exploding grenade knocked out the rudder and one of the plane's engines. As the jetliner careened out of control, a savage gun battle between terrorists and security guards erupted in the smoke-filled interior. Said one passenger, "Guns were erupting everywhere. There was blood all over the place, and the plane was dropping.
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