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Hijacking description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 29 April 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720
Operator:Avianca
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: None
Location:Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY) (   Panama)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Destination airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Flightnumber:AV81
Narrative:
A male passenger hijacked the flight and demanded to be flown to Cuba. The airplane landed at Panama City-Tocumen International Airport (PTY) and the hijacker was arrested.
Avianca Flight 81 was a scheduled passenger flight from Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX) to Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG), Colombia with an en route stop at Mexico City.
The aircraft type involved in the hijacking could also have been a Boeing 707.

Classification:
Hijack
Plane stormed

Sources:
» El Tiempo - 29 Apr 1971


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Distance from Los Angeles International Airport, CA to Bogotá-Eldorado Airport as the crow flies is 5564 km (3477 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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