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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 24 November 2015
Date:Thursday 15 November 1979
Time:ca 12:00
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 72
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 78
Airplane damage: Minor
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:near Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC (IAD) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
Destination airport:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA), United States of America
En route from Chicago to Washington an explosive device detonated in the baggage compartment. A safe landing was carried out at Washington-Dulles.
The bomb was probably planted by the Unabomber, a man who has been accused of several attacks on universities and airlines over an 18-year period. He was arrested in April 1996.

Forced landing on runway

» Chicago Tribune, Nov. 16, 1979
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA
» Independent 22.12.94(15)


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Distance from Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL to Washington-National Airport, DC as the crow flies is 976 km (610 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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