ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 757-200 registration unknown New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK)
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Date:Thursday 27 July 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-200
Operator:National Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 143
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 150
Aircraft damage: None
Location:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Destination airport:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS), United States of America
An armed individual walked past a security checkpoint at New York’s JFK International Airport and on to National Airlines flight 019. The incident happened in Terminal 4 at approximately 22:30 hours local, as passengers were boarding the Boeing 757-200 aircraft for a flight to Las Vegas, Nevada. The man showed his weapon, a Smith and Wesson 10 mm handgun, when challenged by a checkpoint screener, and then ran on to the jetway. He encountered a flight attendant and ordered her to close the plane’s access door. The gunman then entered the plane behind the first class passenger section and immediately went to the cockpit with his gun drawn. He put the gun to the pilot's head and ordered him to fly south. First class passengers noticed the man's gun as he went down the aisle and began to leave the plane. Flight attendants in the rear of the cabin deployed chutes to allow other passengers to deplane. Approximately 124 of 142 passengers and seven crew members were on the plane at the time of this incident.
Police arrived within minutes of being notified, surrounded the plane, and began negotiations with the gunman. The pilot was initially told by the gunman to fly to Miami, Florida, but the gunman later said that he wanted to be flown to Antarctica. He also demanded to speak to someone from the Argentine Embassy. The pilot was released shortly after midnight and the copilot was released about 40 minutes later. The gunman peacefully surrendered at around 03:30 hours local, July 28, and was taken into custody. He was arraigned in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, on July 28 and charged with air piracy. He was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 2000 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY to Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV as the crow flies is 3585 km (2240 miles).

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