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Date:Wednesday 22 August 1979
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:United Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 113
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 120
Aircraft damage: None
Location:San Francisco, Portland (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Portland International Airport, OR (PDX/KPDX), United States of America
Destination airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
At 22:38 hours a male passenger commandeered United flight 739 to return to Portland Airport, Oregon. He held a package which he claimed was a bomb. The aircraft had departed Portland at 21:00 for Los Angeles, California. An refueling stop was made at San Francisco before the flight continued back to Portland, where it landed at 01:13. He released the passengers and most of the crew after landing.
About an hour later, the hijacker surrendered.


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Distance from Portland International Airport, OR to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 1334 km (833 miles).

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