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Date:Friday 7 April 1972
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:United Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 85
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 91
Aircraft damage: None
Location:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Destination airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
United Airlines flight 885 was hijacked over Colorado, USA and forced to land at San Francisco, California. The hijacker carried two guns, a grenade and plastic explosives. He allowed the passengers to leave after the airline paid a ransom of $500,000.
The aircraft then took off again. While over Provo, Utah, the hijacker bailed out with a parachute.
Several days later the FBI recovered most of the ransom from the hijacker's house. The hijacker was captured and sentenced to 45 years in prison for air piracy. He escaped in October 1974, but was killed when resisting capture.

» Desert Sun, 10 April 1972


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Distance from Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 1356 km (847 miles).

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