Hold Fast - Part 2
The Darkest Day
The pistol's barrel pressed firmly against his head. Tony Watson knew he was about to die. "This is it," he thought as the adrenaline began to rush. "You diplomat?" screamed the hijacker holding Tony's passport.
WARNING: Contains explicit language.
Only hours earlier he and his shipmates Stuart Dahl, Ken Bowen, Jeff Ingalls, Clint Suggs and Bobby Stethem were waiting at the crowded Athens airport. The sewer outfall line they had been dispatched to repair in Nea Makri, Greece was complete. With the exception of a short layover in Rome, they were heading home.
The flight was unusually crowded - seats were randomly assigned to the team. Tony took his seat in coach as Clint and Bobby got settled two rows behind him. Time for a nap, he thought.
The plane was still climbing to cruising altitude when two men ran screaming to the front of the cabin. One had a gun, the other a hand grenade.
Jeff Ingalls was reaching into his briefcase for a book when he received a kick to the head as the hijackers ran past. The terrorists, visibly armed, demanded everyone turn in their passports. Jeff only carried his military identification card. Something inside told him to hide it. Seconds before the terrorists reached his row, he slipped his card between the seats. That decision changed everything.