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Datum:Freitag 16 März 1979
Flugzeugtyp:Boeing 727
Fluggesellschaft:Continental Air Lines
Kennzeichen: registration unknown
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 95
Sachschaden: nicht beschädigt
Unfallort:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS) (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX), USA
Flug nach:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS), USA
Shortly after leaving Phoenix, holding his hand in a pocket, a hijacker told a stewardness that he had a "cutter" and that he was taking over the aircraft. He demanded $200,000 in small bills and indicated he wanted to go to Cuba. After landing at Tucson the passengers and all but one flight attendant deplaned. The flight crew escaped through a cockpit window. Security officers communicated with the hijacker via notes viewed through a window in the ventral stair door. FBI agents climbed into the aircraft
through a cockpit window. The stewardess locked herself in a restroom and the police and FBI apprehended the hijacker. He had only a nail file.
The hijacker was found mentally incompetent.


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Distance from Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ to Tucson International Airport, AZ as the crow flies is 176 km (110 miles).

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