Incident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31 N9333, Thursday 20 January 1972
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Date:Thursday 20 January 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Owner/operator:Hughes Airwest
Registration: N9333
MSN: 47246/292
Year of manufacture:1968
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 56
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS) -   United States of America
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS)
Destination airport:Reno/Tahoe International Airport, NV (RNO/KRNO)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
A 23 year old male passenger hijacked Hughes Airwest flight 800 shortly before it was to take off from Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS). He demanded $50,000, two parachutes and a crash helmet. In exchange, he freed two cabin crew members and all 51 passengers.
The flight crew were then forced to take off with the hijacker on board. At an altitude of 12,000 feet while over Colorado's wheat covered flatlands, the hijacker jumped from the plane.
He landed about 80 miles from Denver and sprained his ankle and his wrist. The FBI was able to track the hijacker using a homing device which had been secretly installed in a parachute.
The unarmed hijacker was arrested.


The Bryan Times - Jan 21, 1972

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

1 April 1976 N9333 Hughes Airwest 0 near Spokane International Airport, WA non
Near miss
1 May 2001 N9333 Northwest Airlines 0 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP) sub

Revision history:

19-Feb-2024 09:30 ASN Updated [Source, Narrative]

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