Narrative:After deplaning at Shenandoah Valley Airport, Staunton, VA, the first officer was confronted by a woman. She said she was hijacking the aircraft, that she wanted to be flown out of the area and that she had a weapon. The first officer reboarded the aircraft followed by the woman. He went into the cockpit, locked the door and exited the aircraft via the cockpit door. The woman pounded on the cockpit door attempting to gain entrance. As a flight attendant started to leave the aircraft, the woman grabbed her by the back of her belt and followed her into the terminal. The woman demanded that a pilot get back on the plane. In the terminal the aircraft's captain separated the woman from the flight attendant.
|Date:||Wednesday 23 June 1982|
|Type:||de Havilland Canada DHC-7-102|
|Registration:|| registration unknown|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|First flight:|| |
|Engines:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-50|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: |
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: |
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4 |
|Airplane damage:|| None|
|Location:||Staunton-Shenandoah Valley Airport, VA (SHD) (United States of America)
|Phase:|| Standing (STD)|
Subsequently the woman left the terminal and was apprehended by police later near the terminal. She has been charged with interference with a crew member.
» The Free Lance-Star - Jun 24, 1982
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.