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Last updated: 22 October 2019
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Date:Wednesday 27 October 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic L101 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
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: 109
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Destination airport:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL), United States of America
Flightnumber:TW72
Narrative:
While the TWA Lockheed TriStar was still on the ground at Los Angeles Airport, CA, a man displaying a pocket knife forced his way aboard. He tried and failed to gain access to the cockpit. He talked to the flight crew via the aircraft's internal telephone system, insisting that they take off. He did not indicate a destination. A deputy sheriff traveling as a passenger persuaded the hijacker to open an emergency door to reduce the heat in the aircraft. As the hijacker looked out the door, the deputy sheriff pushed him and caused him to fall through the door to the ground. He was taken into custody by law enforcement officials and taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the fall. The hijacker was later sentenced to 12 years for air piracy.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

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Distance from Los Angeles International Airport, CA to Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO as the crow flies is 2541 km (1588 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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