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Hijacking description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Date:Monday 31 July 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Operator:Pacific Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Minor
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Chico Airport, CA (CIC) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chico Airport, CA (CIC), United States of America
Destination airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
Flightnumber: 327
At 19:20 Pacific Air Lines flight 327 out of Chico, California was almost ready for departure. At that time a man came running across the tarmac, entering the plane. He carried a concealed snub-nosed .38-caliber revolver in his overnight bag. He failed to show a ticket and shot a ticket agent in the back. He fired two other shots in the cabin before being allowed in the cockpit.
He demanded the pilots to take off but they refused. The captain was then shot in the face. The co-pilot managed to disarm the hijacker and subdued him with the help of three passengers.

Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants



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Distance from Chico Airport, CA to San Francisco International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 244 km (153 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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