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Last updated: 20 June 2019
Status:- (No safety board investigation)
Date:Sunday 5 August 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator:Iberia
Registration: EC-BIT
C/n / msn: 47313/268
First flight: 1968-02-20 (11 years 6 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Fuerteventura, Lisbon, Geneva (   Switzerland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Las Palmas-Airport de Gran Canaria (LPA/GCLP), Spain
Destination airport:Puerto del Rosario Airport, Canary Islands/Fuerteventura Island (FUE/GCFV), Spain
Narrative:
Three armed men hijacked the DC-9 in the Canary Islands in a bid to escape the Spanish Foreign Legion. They demanded to be flown to Geneva where they surrendered.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Tony Doyle (E-mail 13 Feb 2016)
» El Pais, 7 August 1979


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Distance from Las Palmas-Airport de Gran Canaria to Puerto del Rosario Airport, Canary Islands/Fuerteventura Island as the crow flies is 159 km (99 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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