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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 214568
Last updated: 25 November 2021
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Type:Taylor Cub
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:near Brookfield, Missouri -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Brookfield, Missouri
Destination airport:Brookfield, Missouri
The world's first fatal hijacking occurred on 28 October 1939. Earnest P. "Larry" Pletch shot Carl Bivens, 39, a flight instructor who was offering Pletch lessons in a yellow Taylor Cub monoplane with tandem controls in the air after taking off in Brookfield, Missouri. Bivens, instructing from the front seat, was shot in the back of the head twice.
Ernest Pletch pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. However, his sentence was commuted and he was released on 1 March 1957, after serving 17 years.


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