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Hijacking description
Last updated: 7 October 2015
Date:Monday 10 May 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F Commando
Operator:Aeronica - Aerolineas Nicaraguenses
Registration: YN-BRG
C/n / msn: 22579
First flight: 1945
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 49
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: None
Location:Puerto Limón Airport (LIO) (   Costa Rica)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bluefields Airport (BEF/MNBL), Nicaragua
Destination airport:Corn Island Airport (RNI/MNCI), Nicaragua
An Aeronica was approaching the airport of Corn Island, Nicaragua when five men armed with pistols and hand grenades went to the cockpit and commandeered the aircraft.
The aircraft was diverted to and landed at Limon, Costa Rica. At Limon the hijackers surrendered to the custody of Costa Rican authorities and requested political asylum. The aircraft with the crew and remaining passengers were allowed to return to Nicaragua.


» La Nacion 11-5-1982


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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 Bluefields Airport to Corn Island Airport as the crow flies is 81 km (50 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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