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Last updated: 20 April 2021
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Date:Monday 5 October 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic BA11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
BAC One-Eleven
Operator:USAir
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 66
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Buffalo-Greater Buffalo International Airport, NY (BUF) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Albany Airport, NY (ALB/KALB), United States of America
Destination airport:Buffalo-Greater Buffalo International Airport, NY (BUF/KBUF), United States of America
Flightnumber:US455
Narrative:
While en route the hijacker claimed to have a bomb and demanded to be flown to the Soviet Union.
The hijacker was convinced that it would be necessary to land at Buffalo to secure an aircraft capable of international flight or to refuel to fly to New York where such a plane would be available. After landing, the passengers were allowed to deplane and the crew deplaned at the same time. Twenty minutes later the hijacker deplaned and surrendered. Search revealed no explosives. He has been charged with air piracy and Interference with a flight crew member.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Albany Airport, NY to Buffalo-Greater Buffalo International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 400 km (250 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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