Hijacking description
Last updated: 24 October 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 30 December 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Operator:Philippine Air Lines
Registration: PI-C38
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Chinmen Island (   Taiwan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Laoag Airport (LAO/RPLI), Philippines
Destination airport:Aparri (RPUA), Philippines
Narrative:
After takeoff from Laoag an armed man forced his way into the cockpit. He pulled .45-caliber pistol and demanded that the plane be brought to Amoy, in mainland China. The captain took over control from the co-pilot and put the plane into a steep dive. The hijacker did not lose his balance and instead shot and killed the captain. The co-pilot took over control and meanwhile the steward had come up to the cockpit to find out what was going on. As he knocked, the hijacker shot him twice through the cockpit door, killing him. The co-pilot changed course to China and continued at 6000 feet over the China Sea until two Chinese Nationalists T-6 Harvard planes showed up. Both planes chased the DC-3 and sprayed machine gun fire. The pilot managed to escape until he met with other Nationalist planes, who forced the flight to land at Quemoy. At Quemoy the hijacker was arrested.

Classification:
Hijack
Shot down by aircraft
Forced landing on runway

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Distance from Laoag Airport to Aparri as the crow flies is 118 km (73 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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