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Hijack Shooting Victim Returns to Minnesota

December 9, 1985

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) _ Teacher Jackie Pflug, who was shot by Arab terrorists and left for dead in the Egyptair hijacking last month has been flown to Minnesota, and her husband says she needs only rest.

Mrs. Pflug, 30, is ″feeling fine,″ her husband, Scott, 26, said Sunday. The two are staying at the Minnetonka home of Pflug’s parents, Gregg and June Pflug.

″She just needs some rest,″ the husband added. ″It’s good to be home.″

Mrs. Pflug was admitted to University of Minnesota Hospitals late Saturday afternoon after she and her husband were flown by chartered plane from Washington, D.C. She underwent tests at the hospital to check her recovery from a small-caliber bullet wound to the left side of her head.

″They didn’t want to let her out so soon, but we insisted,″ Pflug said. ″We’re tired of bouncing all over the globe and being in hospitals.″

Mrs. Pflug was returning from visiting her husband at a volleyball tournament Nov. 24 in Athens, Greece, when terrorists hijacked the Egyptair Boeing 727 en route to Cairo. Sixty people, including one American, were killed when the hijackers detonated hand grenades as Egyptian commandos assaulted the aircraft at Luqua airport in Malta.

Mrs. Pflug was shot in the back of the head, at nearly point-blank range, while she was tied and kneeling at the door of the hijacked aircraft. The bullet failed to penetrate her skull. The hijackers, however, apparently thought she was dead and they threw her from the plane. Maltese airport officials found her alive on the tarmac about three hours after the shooting.

Mrs. Pflug underwent surgery in Malta. She was flown Friday night from an Air Force base hospital in Germany to Andrews Air Force Base, Washington.

Pflug said his wife has completely recovered except for a slight, but perhaps permanent, loss of vision in her left eye.

″She can see straight ahead and to the right, but not to the left,″ he said. ″There’s always a possibility she could recover all her sight, but statistically it doesn’t look good.″

Mrs. Pflug, a native of Bayport, Texas, and her husband were teachers at the Cairo American College in Egypt. Mrs. Pflug taught special education and her husband was a coach.

Pflug said the couple probably will not return to Egypt. ″We haven’t completely made up our minds, but officially we’re staying here,″ he said.

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