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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Friday 6 November 1987
Type:Boeing 767
Operator:Air Canada
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: None
Location:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
Destination airport:Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON (YYZ/CYYZ), Canada
A would-be hijacker was awaiting processing in the international passenger arrival area of San Francisco International Airport when he suddenly abandoned his luggage and exited through a fire exit door onto the a operations area. He forced a ramp employee off a baggage tug and attempted to flee, but was unable to restart the engine. He abandoned the tug and ran up the outside stairs of a jetway servicing Air Canada Flight 756, a Boeing 767 scheduled for a flight to Toronto. He entered the aircraft and confronted the captain and first officer in the cockpit. He grabbed the plane's fire axe and brandished it at the captain while the first officer departed the aircraft. There were no passengers onboard. During subsequent negotiations with law enforcement officials, he variously demanded to be flown to London and Ireland and made other demands before he surrendered to negotiators. There were no injuries. He was charged with air piracy but was subsequently found mentally incompetent to stand trial.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1987 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from San Francisco International Airport, CA to Toronto-Pearson International Airport, ON as the crow flies is 3603 km (2252 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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