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Last updated: 27 September 2021
Fecha:lunes 23 mayo 1988
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-59
Registración: HK-1400
Numéro de série: 19662/484
Año de Construcción: 1967-10-20 (20 years 7 months)
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes:
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes:
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 135
Daños en la Aeronave: Ninguno
Ubicación:Cartagena-Rafael Núñez Airport (CTG) (   Colombia)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Rionegro/Medellín-José María Córdova Airport (MDE/SKRG), Colombia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
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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