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Hijacking description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 31 May 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82)
Operator:ALM - Antillean Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 37
Airplane damage: None
Location:Curaçao-Hato International Airport (CUR) (   Curaçao)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Port-au-Prince Airport (PAP/MTPP), Haiti
Destination airport:Curaçao-Hato International Airport (CUR/TNCC), Curaçao
Narrative:
Four Haitian nationals attempted to hijack an ALM aircraft with 37 passengers and crew on a flight between Miami and Curacao. The hijackers boarded during a stopover in Port-Au-Prince. Once the plane was in the air, the hijackers claimed in a written note that they had a bomb hidden in the lavatory and wanted to be flown to Israel. The pilot chose not to comply and continued to fly and land in Curacao. The hijackers surrendered to authorities in Curacao.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Criminal Acts against Civil Aviation: 1989 / FAA


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Distance from Port-au-Prince Airport to Curaçao-Hato International Airport as the crow flies is 791 km (494 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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