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Last updated: 26 July 2021
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Date:Saturday 1 April 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-200
Operator:Piedmont Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 66
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Richmond, New York (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Richmond International Airport (Byrd Field), VA (RIC/KRIC), United States of America
Destination airport:Norfolk International Airport, VA (ORF/KORF), United States of America
Flightnumber:PT66
Narrative:
The young male hijacker jumped a fence at Richmond-Byrd International Airport, Virginia, armed with a .22 caliber rifle and ordered the Piedmont Boeing 737 that was on the apron to fly to New York, where he surrendered to authorities. He was convicted
for abduction, assault, interfering with an airplane and brandishing a weapon.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Richmond International Airport (Byrd Field), VA to Norfolk International Airport, VA as the crow flies is 119 km (75 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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