NEW JERSEY (PIX11)—A fugitive who was convicted of murder and hijacking a US airliner decades ago is back in police custody after more than 41 years on the run, authorities said.
George Wright, who was found guilty of murdering a man during a gas station robbery in Wall, New Jersey in 1962, was arrested in Europe Monday.
Wright had been sentenced to a maximum of 30 years for the 1962 murder but managed to escape from prison with three others in 1970.
In 1972, federal authorities say he hijacked a Miami-bound flight traveling from Detroit and forced the plane down in Boston. After receiving a $1 million ransom, Wright released all the passengers and refueled the plane only to take off to Algeria where he sought asylum.
Wright remained at large until Monday when he was arrested by Portugal authorities.
"Even after 40 years, the commitment of law enforcement is unwavering and through the vast contributions of a multitude of people in New Jersey, Washington, DC, and Portugal, Wright was successfully taken into custody," Michael Ward, Special Agent In Charge of the FBI's Newark Division, said in a statement Tuesday.
"This case should also serve notice that the FBI's determination in pursuing subjects will not diminish over time or distance."
The U.S. is currently seeking Wright's extradition from Portugal to serve the remainder of his 15 to 30 year sentence in the Wall murder.