Airplane Crash - Chinmen Island, Taiwan 12/30/1952

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Chinmen Island, Taiwan


Date12/30/1952
LocationChinmen Island, Taiwan
OperatorPhilippine Air Lines
TypeDouglas DC-3
RegistrationPI-C38
Aboard10
Fatalities2
Ground0
SummaryAfter takeoff from Laoag an armed man forced his way into the cockpit. He pulled .45-caliber pistol and demanded that the plane be brought to Amoy, in mainland China. The captain took over control from the co-pilot and put the plane into a steep dive. The hijacker did not lose his balance and instead shot and killed the captain. The co-pilot took over control and meanwhile the steward had come up to the cockpit to find out what was going on. As he knocked, the hijacker shot him twice through the cockpit door, killing him. The co-pilot changed course to China and continued at 6000 feet over the China Sea until two Chinese Nationalists T-6 Harvard planes showed up. Both planes chased the DC-3 and sprayed machine gun fire. The pilot managed to escape until he met with other Nationalist planes, who forced the flight to land at Quemoy. At Quemoy the hijacker was arrested.

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