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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Datum:Montag 23 Mai 1988
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-59
Kennzeichen: HK-1400
Werknummer: 19662/484
Baujahr: 1967-10-20 (20 years 7 months)
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 135
Sachschaden: nicht beschädigt
Unfallort:Cartagena-Rafael Núñez Airport (CTG) (   Kolumbien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport (MDE/SKRG), Kolumbien
Flug nach:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Kolumbien
The Avianca plane was hijacked by a man who demanded to be taken to Cuba. The hijacked carried a (toy) grenade. The flight returned to Medellin were the hijacker released all passengers. The flight continued to Panama City, Aruba and finally Cartagena. As the airplane was taxiing after a night-time landing, the hijacker fled the plane. He was captured later when he was found hiding in mangrove roots near the airport.

» St. Petersburg Times - May 24, 1988
» El Tiempo - 24 May 1988


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport to Bogotá-Eldorado Airport as the crow flies is 214 km (134 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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