ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47 (DC-3) registration unknown Curaçao-Dr. Albert Plesman Airport (CUR)
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Date:Thursday 8 June 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47 (DC-3)
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Venezolana - FAV
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Curaçao-Dr. Albert Plesman Airport (CUR) (   Curaçao)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Caracas-Maiquetía Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Destination airport:Puerto Cabello Airport (PBL/SVPC), Venezuela
Seven political prisoners hijacked the aircraft shortly after take-off and forced the plane to land at Curaçao.
The aircraft was transporting the prisoners with seven guards and three crew members. Four crew members and a guard were injured in a fight with guns and knifes. Dutch Marines and policemen broke up the hijack.


» Youngstown Vindicator 9 June 1961, p1
» Het Parool, 9 June 1961


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Distance from Caracas-Maiquetía Airport to Puerto Cabello Airport as the crow flies is 118 km (74 miles).

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