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Last updated: 25 January 2021
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Date:Tuesday 23 December 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46A Commando
Operator:Lineas Aéreas Costarricenses - LACSA
Registration: TI-1007C
C/n / msn: 30374
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:San Andreas (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Puerto Limón Airport (LIO/MRLM), Costa Rica
Destination airport:San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO/MROC), Costa Rica
Flightnumber:161
Narrative:
LACSA flight 161 was hijacking several minutes after takeoff from Puerto Limón, Costa Rica. Three passengers, armed with .45 calibre handguns demanded to be flown to Cuba.

Sources:
» Costa Rican newspaper 24 Dec. 1969


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Distance from Puerto Limón Airport to San José-Juan Santamaria International Airport as the crow flies is 129 km (81 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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