German commando who led mission that ended 1977 hijack dies

BERLIN – The commander of a German paramilitary unit that ended the 1977 hijacking of a airplane by Palestinian militants has died.

Ulrich Wegener was the 1st commander with the GSG-9 device, created in reaction to German safety services’ failure to prevent the massacre of Israeli athletes with the 1972 Summer time Olympics in Munich.

It attained international renowned together with the storming in the Lufthansa jet ‘Landshut’ in Mogadishu, Somalia, without any lack of lifestyle among the 86 hostages or commandos.

The GSG-9 was modeled on military units like Britain’s SAS, but remains element of the civilian federal law enforcement power.

The interior Ministry mentioned Wednesday that Wegener died on Dec. 28. He was 88.

Germany’s interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, praised Wegener as “an superb policeman who did massive amounts for Germany’s stability.”