Tue, Jun 06, 2006
Why does this always seem to work?
Apparently taking a page from Lucy Dudko -- the former
librarian who masterminded a daring helicopter prison break in 1999
-- a Greek prisoner on the run hijacked a helicopter Sunday, and
used the pilfered whirlybird to break his brother out of the high
security Athens Korydallos prison.
Reuters reports that Vassilis Paleokostas, 40, was serving a
25-year sentence for kidnapping and bank robbery before his brother
flew in on the hijacked helo, and carried him and an unidentified
Albanian prisoner to freedom.
An official at the prison said guards thought the helicopter was
part of an official inspection... and did nothing to stop the
The helicopter's pilot told authorities he was forced at
gunpoint to fly the daring mission. He then flew the inmates to a
cemetery close the prison, where Paleokostas' brother had
stashed some motorcycles for the three to make their
The daring prisoners are still on the run. As you may imagine,
Greek police are none-too-happy about the incident... and have
launced a massive manhunt for the convicts.
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