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Last updated: 19 October 2021
Datum:Donnerstag 20 Januar 1972
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Fluggesellschaft:Hughes Airwest
Kennzeichen: N9333
Werknummer: 47246/292
Baujahr: 1968
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 52
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 56
Sachschaden: nicht beschädigt
Unfallort:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS) (   USA)
Flugphase: Stehendes (STD)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS), USA
Flug nach:Reno/Tahoe International Airport, NV (RNO/KRNO), USA
A 23 year old male passenger hijacked Hughes Airwest flight 800 shortly before it was to take off from Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS). He demanded $50,000, two parachutes and a crash helmet. In exchange, he freed two cabin crew members and all 51 passengers.
The flight crew were then forced to take off with the hijacker on board. The tail door was opened at an altitude of 12,000 feet while over Colorado's wheat covered flatlands. The hijacker jumped and landed about 80 miles from Denver. He sprained his ankle and his wrist. The FBI was able to track the hijacker using a homing device which had been secretly installed in a parachute.
The unarmed hijacker was arrested.

» The Bryan Times - Jan 21, 1972


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Distance from Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV to Reno/Tahoe International Airport, NV as the crow flies is 552 km (345 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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