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7 January 1970: Spain’s first aircraft hijacking takes place

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Mariano Ventura being led away by detectives. / ABC

The pilot on a flight from Madrid to Zaragoza was ordered to fly to Cuba, then Albania, by an 18-year-old pupil with a authentic-looking toy pistol

Debbie Bartlett

His title was Mariano Ventura, he was an 18-year-old IT pupil and possibly no person would ever have heard of him if he had not tried to hold out Spain’s first aircraft hijacking in the course of the night of seven January 1970, utilizing a toy pistol that he had purchased the day prior to this.

Iberia’s flight IB 032 had taken off from Madrid for Zaragoza as regular, however 50 minutes later Ventura produced the pistol and grabbed a feminine crew member, forcing her into the cockpit with him, the place he advised the pilot to fly to Cuba. On being advised that the aircraft did not have sufficient gas, he ordered him to fly to Tirana in Albania as an alternative. When the pilot stated that would not be doable both, {the teenager} threatened to kill all of the passengers, one after the other.

The pilot stated he must land at Zaragoza to refuel, to which the hijacker agreed, however as they began their method, regardless of the gun nonetheless being held to his neck, the pilot warned air visitors management what was taking place.

By the point the aircraft landed, the runway was surrounded by army autos, police vehicles and as many tractors and lorries because it had been doable to seek out within the time.

As soon as the aircraft was on the bottom, the army authorities ordered all of the runway lights to be turned off. Ventura insisted that the plane needed to take off once more with sufficient gas for Tirana inside quarter-hour or he would begin killing everybody on board, however because the army authorities tried to interact with him by megaphone, engineers had been deflating two of the aircraft’s tyres and a mechanic eliminated a few of its fuses so its electrics wouldn’t work.

The authorities advised {the teenager} that if he gave himself up he would go to jail for a few years and that will be the tip of it, but when he harmed anyone he could be shot the very subsequent day.

Ventura left the aircraft by way of an auxiliary stairway, and witnesses stated he confirmed no indicators of worry or nerves and that he “reeked of alcohol”.

Spain’s first aircraft hijack had lasted 4 and a half hours.

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