Narrative:While enroute to Pittsburgh, one of the passengers informed a flight attendant he had explosives in a suitcase he was carrying, and would blow up the plane if the crew did not take him to Washington. D.C. The flight engineer convinced the hijacker that the plane did not have enough fuel to go to Washington. D.C. and he allowed it to continue to Pittsburgh. Upon landing he allowed the passengers and crew members to deplane.
Police negotiators boarded the plane and convinced him to surrender. Search of the hijacker and the aircraft revealed no explosives.
Prosecution of the hijacker was deferred under the pre-trial diversion process with the stipulation that he participate in a mental health treatment program.
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 Pittsburgh International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 658 km (411 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.