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Last updated: 28 October 2020
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Date:Friday 11 July 1980
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Northwest Orient Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 64
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA) (   United States of America)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA (SEA/KSEA), United States of America
Destination airport:Portland International Airport, OR (PDX/KPDX), United States of America
Flightnumber:NW608
Narrative:
As the aircraft was taxiing for takeoff the hijacker advised the crew he had a bomb in his briefcase and demanded $100,000 and 2 parachutes. The aircraft did not take off. After several hours of negotiations, all but 5 airline employees were released. Later 3 more hostages were re leased in exchange for the 2 parachutes and then the $100,000 was delivered to the hijacker. When he was convinced he could not safely jump from the Boeing 727, he demanded a small aircraft. Upon being advised that the weather conditions for flying were poor he agreed to accept an automobile.
After the automobile was brought to the aircraft, the hijacker and his two hostages deplaned. As they headed toward the automobile the hijacker was apprehended by federal officers.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Seattle/Tacoma International Airport, WA to Portland International Airport, OR as the crow flies is 207 km (129 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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