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Last updated: 16 October 2021
Datum:donderdag 20 januari 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Hughes Airwest
Registratie: N9333
Constructienummer: 47246/292
Bouwjaar: 1968
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 52
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 56
Schade: Geen
Plaats:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Geparkeerd (STD)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Reno/Tahoe International Airport, NV (RNO/KRNO), Verenigde Staten
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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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV en Reno/Tahoe International Airport, NV bedraagt 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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