In August 1969, leaders in the Palestinian left-wing organization PFLP learned that Yitzak Rabin, the Israeli Ambassador to the United States was scheduled to be aboard the Rome -Athens-Tel Aviv flight. Two operatives, Leila Khaled and Salim Issawi hijacked the plane. The operation was successful, although Rabin was not aboard. The hijackers demanded that the pilot land in Damascus, Syria. All hostages save for 2 Israeli passengers were released and no one was injured, although the nose section of the plane, a Boeing 707, was blown up. The hostages were released in December that year in return for 71 Syrian and Egyptian soldiers released by Israel. Boeing fitted the nose section from 707-465 G-ARWE to the aircraft. This aircraft had been destroyed by fire in an accident at Heathrow on 8 April 1968, but the nose section was salvagable. The aircraft was re-registered N28714 and returned to service. It was sold to Pan Am and reregistered N706PA, and flew for several years afterwards. In March 1980, aircraft was withdrawn from service and flown to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base for use as spares for the KC135 fleet of the USAF. The aircrafts' registration was cancelled in March 1984.