A Consolidated PBY Catalina similar to the accident aircraft
|Date||16 July 1948|
|Summary||Hijacking resulting in crash, robbery|
|Site||Jiuzhou Yang (Pearl River Delta) just northeast of Green Island, Xiangzhou, Zhuhai|
|Aircraft type||Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina|
|Operator|| Macau Air Transport Company |
(Cathay Pacific subsidiary)
|Survivors||1 (lead hijacker)|
Miss Macao (traditional Chinese :澳門小姐; simplified Chinese :澳门小姐; Sidney Lau :O3 Moon4 Siu2 Je2; pinyin :Àomén xiǎojie; Wade–Giles :Ao-men Hsiao-chieh) was a Catalina seaplane owned by Cathay Pacific and operated by subsidiary Macau Air Transport Company. On 16 July 1948 it was involved in the first hijacking of a commercial aircraft. Piracy for robbery and ransom was the motive.
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