ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 727-231 registration unknown Grand Turk Island Airport (GDT)
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Date:Sunday 11 December 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-231
Operator:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 121
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 128
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Grand Turk Island Airport (GDT) (   Turks and Caicos Islands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU/TJSJ), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Trans World Airlines Flight 469, a Boeing 727 with 121 passengers and a crew of 7, was hijacked between San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Miami, Florida. The hijacker demanded to be flown to Cuba. The pilot diverted to Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands, where the hijacker surrendered after being tricked into believing he was in Cuba. No injuries occurred during the hijacking which was initiated when the hijacker claimed he had a bomb. No bomb was found on board the aircraft.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1988 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from San Juan-Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1672 km (1045 miles).

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