Hijacking description
Last updated: 26 January 2015
Status:
Date:Friday 11 June 1971
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
Destination airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Flightnumber: 358
Narrative:
During the boarding process of TWA flight TW358 at Chicago-O'Hare Airport, a 23-year old male boarded the plane without a ticket.
He brandished a gun and threatened a flight attendant. A passenger who tried to intervene was shot and killed by the hijacker.
The hijacker then demanded to be flown to North Vietnam. The passengers were released and while the plane was being prepared for departure, a Deputy U.S. Marshal climbed aboard through one of the cockpit windows. About 30 minutes after departure he opened the cockpit door after observing the hijacking walking to the back of the plane. He fired at the hijacker who took cover behind a row of seats. After landing the hijacker was arrested.


Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» Murder Of Connecticut Man In 1971 Helped Transform Airport Security (The Haddams-Killingworth Patch, 20-6-2013)
» The Free Lance-Star - Jun 12, 1971


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Distance from Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 1180 km (737 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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