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Last updated: 29 September 2020
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Date:Thursday 21 December 1978
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Operator:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 89
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Marion, IL (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), United States of America
Destination airport:Kansas City (unknown airport), MO, United States of America
Flightnumber:TW541
Narrative:
A 17-year old female passenger hijacked the flight, while holding what she claimed was a bomb. She surrendered after the aircraft diverted to Marion, Illinois. The bomb appeared to be railroad flares wired to a doorbell.
Apparently she wanted the release of a convicted felon who had a relationship with her mother. The mother had been shot and killed in May 1978 when attempting to hijack a helicopter in order to help the convict escape from prison.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Youngstown Vindicator - Dec 22, 1978


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