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Last updated: 30 July 2021
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Date:Wednesday 20 June 1979
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 136
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Chicago, New York, Shannon (   Ireland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
Flightnumber:AA293
Narrative:
A male passenger hijacked American Airlines flight 293. He claimed to have an explosive device and demanded to be taken to Ireland.
The aircraft turned back to New York-JFK Airport, where the hijacker switched to a larger Boeing 707 for the transatlantic flight. The passengers were released in New York.
After landing at Shannon the hijacker surrendered. He appeared to be a Serbian nationalist, free on bond in the United States.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Youngstown Vindicator - Jun 21, 1979


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Distance from New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL as the crow flies is 1180 km (737 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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