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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Saturday 7 June 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-25
Operator:Aeronica - Aerolineas Nicaraguenses
Registration: YN-BXW
MSN: 18284/161
First flight: 1965
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 68
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Managua-Augusto C. Sandino Airport (MGA) (   Nicaragua)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Managua-Augusto C. Sandino Airport (MGA/MNMG), Nicaragua
Destination airport:San Salvador/Ilopango International Airport (SAL/MSSS), El Salvador
Shortly before the scheduled departure of Aeronica Flight 726 from Sandino Airport in Managua to San Salvador, El Salvador, and on to Mexico City, Mexico, a male youth with a pistol seized control of the aircraft. The youth who was described as a juvenile delinquent in the press, reportedly jumped from the airport terminal observation platform onto the air operations area and ran to the aircraft. The hijacker also claimed to have a hand grenade, which was never substantiated, and threatened to kill some of the passengers unless he was flown to El Salvador and then, allegedly, on to the United States. Approximately three hours after the seizure, the hijacker was overpowered by security officers who were aboard the aircraft. The hijacker was believed to have been arrested.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1986 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Managua-Augusto C. Sandino Airport to San Salvador/Ilopango International Airport as the crow flies is 362 km (226 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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