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Datum:Dienstag 19 November 1985
Flugzeugtyp:Boeing 737
Fluggesellschaft:America West Airlines
Kennzeichen: registration unknown
Werknummer:
Baujahr:
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 58
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 63
Sachschaden: nicht beschädigt
Unfallort:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX) (   USA)
Flugphase: Stehendes (STD)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX), USA
Flug nach:Ontario International Airport, CA (ONT/KONT), USA
Flugnummer: 261
Unfallbericht:
Upon boarding the hijacker presented a ticket with the word "death" written on it. The flight had 58 passengers and 5 crew. The pilot requested that the hijacker be removed. Initially the hijacker got off at the request of an airline supervisor. When the hijacker realized the aircraft's door was being closed behind him, he pushed the supervisor away and ran back on the plane. The hijacker yelled that he was getting on the flight and that he was going to hijack the plane. At the time he was holding a butane cigarette lighter and an electrical plug with a switch. A ramp operator overpowered the hijacker and removed him from the aircraft. He was arrested, charged with air piracy. He was ordered to undergo psychological evaluation.



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Distance from Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ to Ontario International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 518 km (324 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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