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.
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
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 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.