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Last updated: 24 September 2021
Datum:Samstag 8 Mai 1971
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Kennzeichen: HK-173
Werknummer: 42905
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 25
Sachschaden: nicht beschädigt
Unfallort:Maracaibo-La Chinita International Airport (MAR) (   Venezuela)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Montería-Los Garzones Airport (MTR/SKMR), Kolumbien
Flug nach:Cartagena-Crespo Airport (CTG/SKCG), Kolumbien
A Douglas DC-4-1009 passenger plane, operated by Avianca, was hijacked by a Colombian male.
Avianca flight 706 operated on a domestic service from Medellín to Barranquilla with en route stops at Montería and Cartagena, Colombia. The flight was hijacked several minutes after takeoff from Montería.
The hijacked brandished a .38 calibre revolver and demanded to be flown to Maracaibo, Venezuela. A refuelling stop was made at Cartagena where it departed at 17:15 local time, arriving at Maracaibo at 20:10.
The hijacker claimed he was diagnosed with cancer and could not be treated in Colombia.

» El Tiempo - 9 May 1971


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Montería-Los Garzones Airport to Cartagena-Crespo Airport as the crow flies is 182 km (114 miles).

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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