Unlawful Interference Boeing 727 , Monday 13 March 1978
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Date:Monday 13 March 1978
Type:Boeing 727
Owner/operator:United Airlines
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 75
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:Memphis, Denver -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO)
Destination airport:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA/KSEA)
The airplane was hijacked shortly after leaving San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO). Flight UA696 landed in Oakland to disembark passengers and cabin crew and to take on fuel for Cuba. Clay Thomas (hijacker) panicked and had the flight take off before complete fueling so Flight 696 had to land in Denver for more fuel. The cockpit crew escaped in Denver by jumping from the cockpit windows. The hijacker surrendered after loss of hostages.


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