ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-852 EI-DRA Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX)
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Status:Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Date:Wednesday 9 September 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-852
Registration: EI-DRA
MSN: 35114/2037
First flight: 2006-08-18 (3 years )
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B26
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 104
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX) (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cancún Airport (CUN/MMUN), Mexico
Destination airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Aeroméxico flight 576 was hijacked during a domestic flight from Cancún Airport (CUN). The hijacker, a 44-year old Bolivian preacher, claimed to have three bombs in his possession. He demanded to fly over the Mexico City airport seven times and to speak with Mexican President Felipe Calderon. He surrendered after landing at Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX). The three bombs turned out to be juice cans filled with sand. The preacher said he was on a divine mission linked to the date of the hijack because the numbers 9/9/9 were the opposite of 6/6/6 the numbers associated with the AntiChrist.
On May 19, 2011, the hijacker was sentenced to seven years and seven months in prison.


» Preacher used juice cans to hijack Mexican jet (AFP, 10-9-2009)
» Aeroméxico Flight 576 (Wikipedia)


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Distance from Cancún Airport to Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport as the crow flies is 1277 km (798 miles).

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