ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 720 registration unknown Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY)
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Date:Thursday 29 April 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY) (   Panama)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Destination airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
A male passenger hijacked the flight and demanded to be flown to Cuba. The airplane landed at Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and the hijacker was arrested.
Avianca Flight 81 was a scheduled passenger flight from Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX) to Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG), Colombia with an en route stop at Mexico City.
The aircraft type involved in the hijacking could also have been a Boeing 707.


» El Tiempo - 29 Apr 1971


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Distance from Los Angeles International Airport, CA to Bogotá-Eldorado Airport as the crow flies is 5564 km (3477 miles).

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