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Hijacking description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 16 January 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-300
Operator:America West Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 39
Airplane damage: None
Location:Austin-Robert Mueller Municipal, TX (AUS) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH/KIAH), United States of America
Destination airport:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS), United States of America
Flightnumber:HP727
Narrative:
America West Airlines Flight 727 was hijacked during a flight from Houston, Texas to Las Vegas, Nevada. The hijacker demanded to be flown to Cuba. During the incident, he held a flight attendant hostage and claimed to have an improvised explosive device. The flight was diverted to Austin, Texas, where he was overpowered and taken into custody by local authorities. The "bomb" was a toothpaste container attached to a flashlight.
In July, the hijacker was found guilty in U.S. District Court of air piracy and assaulting a flight attendant; in October, he was ordered to serve at least 20 years of a 24-year prison sentence and to pay nearly $89,500 in restitution.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» Criminal Acts against Civil Aviation: 1990 / FAA


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Distance from Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX to Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV as the crow flies is 1950 km (1219 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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