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Date:Thursday 1 September 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-264
Operator:Mexicana de Aviación
Registration: XA-DAT
MSN: 20787/999
First flight: 1973-12-05 (9 years 9 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 136
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Mérida Airport (MID) (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cozumel Airport (CZM/MMCZ), Mexico
Destination airport:Mérida-Rejon Airport (MID/MMMD), Mexico
A male passenger hijacked the flight and threatened to kill a passenger with a razor blade unless the crew took him to Tel Aviv, Israel. He agreed to let the plane land at Merida, Mexico to be refueled and while on the ground several security agents disguised as airline mechanics boarded the aircraft and arrested the hijacker.
The airplane operated on a passenger service from Miami, FL (MIA) to Mexico City Airport (MEX) via Cozumel and Mérida.


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Distance from Cozumel Airport to Mérida-Rejon Airport as the crow flies is 286 km (179 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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