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Last updated: 20 April 2021
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Date:Thursday 15 May 1975
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-200
Operator:United Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 80
Aircraft damage: None
Location:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Eugene Airport, OR (EUG/KEUG), United States of America
Destination airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
Flightnumber:UA509
Narrative:
A passenger approached the stewardess saying that she did not want to go to San Francisco, that she had a knife and would use it if necessary. As the plane came in for landing, the hijacker was placed under control and held by a crewmember until police arrived.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Eugene Airport, OR to San Francisco International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 722 km (451 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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