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Last updated: 29 November 2021
Date:Tuesday 31 January 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-46
Operator:ACES - Aerolineas Centrales de Colombia
Registration: HK-3246X
MSN: 19280/373
First flight: 1967-02-10 (22 years)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 116
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 122
Aircraft damage: None
Location:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) (   Costa Rica)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Andrés Island Airport (ADZ/SKSP), Colombia
Destination airport:Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport (MDE/SKRG), Colombia
Flightnumber: 385
ACES Flight 385 from San Andrés Island Airport (ADZ) to Medellín was hijacked. The Boeing 727 took off at 10:41 and was hijacked fifteen minutes afterwards. The hijacker claimed to have bottles of gasoline and demanded to be flown to Honduras.
The pilot diverted the plane to San José (SJO), Costa Rica were the hijacker was arrested.


» El Tiempo - 1 Feb 1989


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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 San Andrés Island Airport to Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport as the crow flies is 987 km (617 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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