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Steven T. Hagopian

on 13 November 2008.

Dear former Eastern Airlines employees:

Greetings. I am a freelance writer seeking information regarding an incident that involved Eastern Airlines at the Philadelphia Int'l Airport. The incident occurred in the 70s, I believe in the early 70s, perhaps 1972.

The incident involved a disgruntled Eastern Airlines passenger whose pet dog died while on an Eastern flight from PHL. He sued Eastern in court but apparently lost. Undeterred, he extracted revenge on Eastern by attacking a 727 that was parked at an Eastern gate in Philly. He poured gallons of black paint all over the cockpit and then hacked up the plane's exterior with an ax causing millions of dollars in damage. The man was subsequently arrested by the airport police.

My hope is to write a magazine article regarding this bizarre event; the article would appear in a future edition of /Airliners/ magazine. Although I know the gist of this story, I am seeking any and all personal recollections of this event, as well as any newspaper clippings and/or photos. 

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Proper credit will be given to any photos or published materials.

Thanks in advance for any assistance that you can provide!

Steven T. Hagopian
62 Morgan St.
West Nanticoke, PA 18634
(570) 735-0298 <>

P.S. Feel free to forward my request to any party that may be of assistance.

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