This week’s episode of Australian Crime Stories reads like a movie script…. in 1971 an extortionist, “Mr Brown,” threatened to blow up a passenger plane if Qantas didn’t pay him $500,000.
He told Qantas the plane would explode once it descended below 20,000 feet, unless they piled the money in $20 notes from the Qantas headquarters into the back of a Kombi van. A fascinating game of nerves….
Filmmaker Scott Hicks (Shine) even turned it into a film, Call Me Mr. Brown, starring Chris Haywood -which Qantas later tried to stop from ever seeing the light of day.
This episode includes some of that footage plus Hicks and original key players.
It was a brazen heist, a plot ripped straight from a Hollywood movie. An extortionist calling himself Mr Brown threatened to blow up a plane full of passengers, unless Qantas paid him a ransom of $500,000… We follow the money trail left by Mr Brown that led to his capture and his connection to two unsolved murders.
8:40pm Wednesday on Nine.