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Last updated: 24 October 2020
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Date:Friday 20 July 1979
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:United Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 126
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Omaha-Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN), United States of America
Destination airport:Omaha-Eppley Airfield, NE (OMA/KOMA), United States of America
Flightnumber:UA320
Narrative:
The hijacker knocked on the cockpit door. When it was opened he stepped in stating he had plastic explosives in a jacket pocket and wanted to go to Cuba. After landing at Omaha the passengers and flight attendants were allowed to deplane. Due to the heat, the hijacker allowed the cockpit door to remain open and allowed the crew to exit and return to get water and to use the restroom. When the hijacker removed both hands from his jacket pockets the second officer signalled FBI agents who were waiting in the jetway. The FBI agents then entered the cockpit and over powered the hijacker. Search of the hijacker revealed no explosives.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Denver-Stapleton International Airport, CO to Omaha-Eppley Airfield, NE as the crow flies is 772 km (483 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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