Unlawful Interference Boeing 727 , Friday 16 March 1979
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Date:Friday 16 March 1979
Type:Boeing 727
Owner/operator:Continental Air Lines
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 95
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS) -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX)
Destination airport:Tucson International Airport, AZ (TUS/KTUS)
Shortly after leaving Phoenix, holding his hand in a pocket, a hijacker told a stewardness that he had a "cutter" and that he was taking over the aircraft. He demanded $200,000 in small bills and indicated he wanted to go to Cuba. After landing at Tucson the passengers and all but one flight attendant deplaned. The flight crew escaped through a cockpit window. Security officers communicated with the hijacker via notes viewed through a window in the ventral stair door. FBI agents climbed into the aircraft
through a cockpit window. The stewardess locked herself in a restroom and the police and FBI apprehended the hijacker. He had only a nail file.
The hijacker was found mentally incompetent.



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