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Hijacking description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 16 March 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD83 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-83 (MD-83)
Operator:Alaska Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: None
Location:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Puerto Vallarta-Gustavo D. Ordaz Airport (PVR/MMPR), Mexico
Destination airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
Narrative:
A male passenger on board an Alaska Airlines MD-83 aircraft en route to Portland, Oregon, via San Francisco, forced open the cockpit door, assaulted the co-pilot and attempted to take control of the aircraft. The co-pilot sustained injuries to his hand, but crew members and several passengers subdued the perpetrator, who was arrested when the aircraft landed in San Francisco.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

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Distance from Puerto Vallarta-Gustavo D. Ordaz Airport to San Francisco International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 2489 km (1556 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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