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Last updated: 21 October 2021
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Date:Saturday 27 January 1979
Type:Boeing 747
Operator:United Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 131
Aircraft damage: None
Location:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK) (   United States of America)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Destination airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Flightnumber:UA8
Narrative:
Claiming to have nitroglycerin in her possession, a hijacker demanded that one of four famous personalities read on network television a message she had left at the Los Angeles Airport. After over 6 hours of negotiation at New York (JFK), the hijacker was
separated from her bag which contained the alleged nitroglycerin and was arrested by the FBI negotiator. No explosives were in the
bag. Sentenced by the New York Supreme Court to 5 years probation with psychiatric care.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Los Angeles International Airport, CA to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 3948 km (2468 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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