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Hijacking description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 19 November 1985
Type:Boeing 737
Operator:America West Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 58
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 63
Airplane damage: None
Location:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ (PHX/KPHX), United States of America
Destination airport:Ontario International Airport, CA (ONT/KONT), United States of America
Flightnumber: 261
Narrative:
Upon boarding the hijacker presented a ticket with the word "death" written on it. The flight had 58 passengers and 5 crew. The pilot requested that the hijacker be removed. Initially the hijacker got off at the request of an airline supervisor. When the hijacker realized the aircraft's door was being closed behind him, he pushed the supervisor away and ran back on the plane. The hijacker yelled that he was getting on the flight and that he was going to hijack the plane. At the time he was holding a butane cigarette lighter and an electrical plug with a switch. A ramp operator overpowered the hijacker and removed him from the aircraft. He was arrested, charged with air piracy. He was ordered to undergo psychological evaluation.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

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Distance from Phoenix-Sky Harbor International Airport, AZ to Ontario International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 518 km (324 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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