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Hijacking description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Saturday 2 November 1968
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 46
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 50
Airplane damage: None
Location:Birmingham Airport, AL (BHM) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Birmingham Airport, AL (BHM/KBHM), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago (unknown airport), IL, United States of America
Flightnumber:EA224
Narrative:
The aircraft was hijacked by a 17-year old male. The youth had boarded the flight at Mobile, AL and took out a 16-gauge shot gun which he had taped in pieces inside a suitcase. He went to the flight deck and demanded to be taken to South Vietnam.
The flight crew managed to overpower the hijacker.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» Chicago Tribune 3 Nov 1968


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