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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Wednesday 8 March 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-331
Operator:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registration: N761TW
C/n / msn: 17673/69
First flight: 1959
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT4A-12
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
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Destination airport:-
Narrative:
A bomb exploded in the right rear part of the cockpit while the aircraft was parked. Earlier someone had demanded USD 2.000.000 from TWA, threatening to blow up TWA aircraft.

Classification:
Sabotage

Sources:
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA
» NRC Handelsblad 09.03.1972


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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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