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Rio Airways aircraft hijacked to Mexico

By Compiled From Wire Service Dispatches With Analysis From Monitor Correspondents Around The World, Edited By Laurent Belsie / February 16, 1983

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico

A Rio Airways jetliner was hijacked and diverted from Texas to Mexico, airline officials said. Mark Connell, vice-chairman and chief executive officer of the airline, said the plane, carrying 17 passengers and a crew of five, was flying from Killeen, Texas, to Dallas-Fort Worth Airport when it was taken over and ordered to fly to Nuevo Laredo, the Mexican city just across the Rio Grande from Laredo, Texas.

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