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Last updated: 27 October 2021
Date:Thursday 23 November 1978
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Operator:North Central Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Madison-Dane County Regional Airport, WI (MSN) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Madison-Dane County Regional Airport, WI (MSN/KMSN), United States of America
Destination airport:Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE), United States of America
A hijacker crashed through a vehicle gate, drove to a North Central Airlines DC-9 aircraft and boarded. He claimed to have a bomb in a trash bag. The passengers were allowed to deplane and the crew escaped. The hijacker then locked himself in the cockpit and threatened to burn the aircraft. Police boarded, broke Into the cockpit and arrested the hijacker. No explosives found.
Charges were dismissed due to mental incompetence.



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Distance from Madison-Dane County Regional Airport, WI to Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI as the crow flies is 118 km (74 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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