ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9 registration unknown Chicago, IL
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Date:Monday 21 November 1983
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Operator:Republic Airlines (RC)
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Chicago, IL (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI (DTW/KDTW), United States of America
Destination airport:Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport, MI (AZO/AZO), United States of America
A male passenger jumped from his seat and ran to the cockpit area shouting incoherently. He held a small bag and while banging on the cockpit door, he threatened to blow up the plane. After landing at Kalamazoo, he refused to allow passengers to emplane or deplane.
Threatening to kill the pilot, he demanded to talk to various people and that the aircraft be flown to Chicago, IL. While enroute, the hijacker walked down the aisle striking passengers. A passenger struck the hijacker and with the assistance of other passengers subdued him. Upon landing in Chicago the hijacker was taken into custody by law enforcement officials. He has been charged with air piracy.



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Distance from Detroit-Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, MI to Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport, MI as the crow flies is 180 km (112 miles).

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