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Last updated: 21 October 2021
Date:Saturday 5 December 1981
Type:Boeing 707
Operator:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 87
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Cleveland, OH (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, OH (CLE/KCLE), United States of America
Destination airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
As passengers were boarding TWA flight 534 at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, Ohio, USA, a passenger brushed past ticket agents and boarded. He told the crew he was hijacking the aircraft.
Holding a hand in a pocket, he claimed to have a gun and a bomb. The passengers deplaned while the hijacker was in the cockpit. When he left the cockpit to close the aircraft's door, the pilot and flight engineer attempted to overpower him. The hijacker and flight engineer fell off the aircraft's steps. The flight engineer was injured and the hijacker was taken into custody.
No weapons or explosives were located. He pled guilty to state charges of attempted abduction and abduction and was committed to a mental institution.



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Distance from Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, OH to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 677 km (423 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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