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Last updated: 29 September 2020
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Date:Sunday 27 August 1978
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-8
Operator:United Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 159
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Vancouver International Airport, BC (YVR) (   Canada)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Destination airport:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA/KSEA), United States of America
Flightnumber:UA179
Narrative:
A hijacker placed a note on the counter of the aircraft galley stating that the aircraft should proceed to Vancouver, Canada, and that there was a bomb on board. The aircraft diverted to Vancouver where all passengers and crew disembarked along with the hijacker who was apprehended. No explosives were discovered.
Determined to be mentally incompetent.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO to Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA as the crow flies is 1625 km (1016 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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