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Last updated: 25 September 2021
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Datum:Donnerstag 3 August 1961
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B701 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-124
Fluggesellschaft:Continental Air Lines
Kennzeichen: N70775
Werknummer: 17611/49
Baujahr: 1959-07-02 (2 years 1 months)
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3C-6
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 67
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 73
Sachschaden: leicht beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP) (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Phoenix (unknown airport), AZ, USA
Flug nach:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), USA
Flugnummer:CO54
Unfallbericht:
Continental Air Lines flight 54 was a service from Los Angeles, California, to Houston, Texas. En route stops were planned at Phoenix, Arizona and El Paso, Texas.
During the stop over at Phoenix a 38-year-old man and his 16-year-old son boarded the flight. Twenty minutes before landing at El Paso, at about 03:58 hours, both men entered the cockpit and hijacked the aircraft. The aircraft landed at El Paso and all but four volunteer hostages and six crew were allowed to get off.
The hijackers demanded the plane to be refueled for departure at 07:30 or the pilots would get shot. When the aircraft began to taxy for departure, a border patrol car sped alongside and fired at the tires. Bullets also struck the no.1 and 2 engines. At 12:55 the back door was opened and two stewardesses and three passengers were allowed to deplane. Two minutes later the remaining hostages, except for one, left the plane through the front door. During a conversation with an FBI agent, the hostage was able to overpower the 38-year-old hijacker. The FBI agent then overpowered the son.

The airplane involved in the hijack was involved in a fatal accident on May 22, 1962 when it crashed near Unionville, MO, USA, following the detonation of a bomb.

Informationsquelle:
» St. Petersburg Times - Aug 4, 1961


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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