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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Thursday 29 October 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic C212 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
CASA C-212 Aviocar 200
Operator:Servicios Aéreos Nacionales - SANSA
Registration: registration unknown
First flight: 1980
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:San Miguel Airport (   El Salvador)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Quepos Airport (XQP/MRQP), Costa Rica
Destination airport:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO/MROC), Costa Rica
Flightnumber: 71
The Aviocar was hijacked four Nicaraguan terrorists. They demanded the release of eight jailed Nicaraguans. The demands were met and hostages were released. The airplane took off at 06:50 the next day with the hijackers and their eight friends on board. It landed in El Salvador where they left the plane.



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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 Quepos Airport to San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport as the crow flies is 62 km (38 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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