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Last updated: 27 October 2021
Date:Friday 5 December 1980
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Operator:Linea Aeropostal Venezolana - LAV
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Higuerote Airport (   Venezuela)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Porlamar-del Caribe Santiago Mariño International Airport (PMV/SVMG), Venezuela
Destination airport:Caracas-Maiquetía Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
While en route four armed men demanded to be flown to Higuerote, Venezuela where four other men took over the control tower, reportedly cut the telephone line and had a vehicle waiting. After landing the hijackers removed two ice chests containing 7.5
million Bolivars ($1.75 million) from the cargo area of the aircraft and left the airport.
The money was located 24 hours later and approximately 35 persons were arrested. The money was being shipped to Caracas by an insurance company and was being transported by guards of a private security company who had boarded with other passengers at Porlamar.



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Distance from Porlamar-del Caribe Santiago Mariño International Airport to Caracas-Maiquetía Airport as the crow flies is 330 km (206 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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