Narrative:Delta Air Lines flight DL177 was en route between Portland, OR and Boston, MA when a male passenger who appeared emotionally disturbed, told a flight attendant he had explosives in a bag and wanted to go to Las Vegas, NV.
The aircraft landed at Boston and passengers deplaned. While the hijacker was distracted a flight attendant removed the bag and subsequently it was passed through a cockpit window to officers on the ground. The bag was examined, no explosives were found. The police took the hijacker into custody. He has been charged with interference with flight crew, disorderly conduct, assault and battery. The hijacker was declared mentally incompetent and charges were dismissed.
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Distance from Portland International Airport, OR to Boston-Logan International Airport, MA as the crow flies is 4043 km (2527 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.