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Hijacking description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 8 May 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-4-1009
Operator:Avianca
Registration: HK-173
C/n / msn: 42905
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 25
Airplane damage: None
Location:Maracaibo-La Chinita International Airport (MAR) (   Venezuela)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Montería-Los Garzones Airport (MTR/SKMR), Colombia
Destination airport:Cartagena-Crespo Airport (CTG/SKCG), Colombia
Flightnumber:AV706
Narrative:
A Douglas DC-4-1009 passenger plane, operated by Avianca, was hijacked by a Colombian male.
Avianca flight 706 operated on a domestic service from Medellín to Barranquilla with en route stops at Montería and Cartagena, Colombia. The flight was hijacked several minutes after takeoff from Montería.
The hijacked brandished a .38 calibre revolver and demanded to be flown to Maracaibo, Venezuela. A refuelling stop was made at Cartagena where it departed at 17:15 local time, arriving at Maracaibo at 20:10.
The hijacker claimed he was diagnosed with cancer and could not be treated in Colombia.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» El Tiempo - 9 May 1971


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Distance from Montería-Los Garzones Airport to Cartagena-Crespo Airport as the crow flies is 182 km (114 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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