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Date:Saturday 1 October 1988
Type:Airbus A300
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 221
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 231
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Port-au-Prince Airport (PAP) (   Haiti)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Port-au-Prince Airport (PAP/MTPP), Haiti
Destination airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Three armed Haitian soldiers stormed aboard American Airlines Flight 658, an A300 with 221 passengers and a crew of 10, during the boarding process at Port-Au-Prince International Airport. The three soldiers surrendered their weapons to the flight crew after it was agreed to fly them to New York. The hijackers were arrested upon arrival in New York, They were apparently seeking political asylum. There were no injuries.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1988 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Port-au-Prince Airport to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 2443 km (1527 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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