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Hijacking description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 25 April 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-59
Operator:Avianca
Registration: HK-1337
C/n / msn: 19303/357
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 52
Airplane damage: None
Location:Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH) (   Colombia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz Airport (BAQ/SKBQ), Colombia
Destination airport:Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport (EOH/SKMD), Colombia
Narrative:
An Ecuadorian male passenger hijacked an Avianca flight with a pocket knife. He was overpowered by passengers or crew.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» El Tiempo - 26 Apr 1971


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Distance from Barranquilla-Ernesto Cortissoz Airport to Medellín-Enrique Olaya Herrera Airport as the crow flies is 524 km (327 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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