Miss Macao

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Miss Macao
Hijacking summary
Date 16 July 1948[1]
Summary Hijacking resulting in crash, robbery
Site Jiuzhou Yang (Pearl River Delta)
Passengers 23[2]
Crew 3[2][3]
Injuries (non-fatal) 1
Fatalities 25
Survivors 1 (lead hijacker)
Aircraft type Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator Macau Air Transport Company
(Cathay Pacific subsidiary)
Registration VR-HDT
Flight origin Macau
Destination Hong Kong

Miss Macao (traditional Chinese: 澳門小姐; simplified Chinese: 澳门小姐; pinyin: Àomén xiǎojie; Wade–Giles: Ao-men Hsiao-chieh; Jyutping: ou3 mun4 siu2 ze2) was a Catalina seaplane owned by Cathay Pacific and operated by a subsidiary. On 16 July 1948 she became the victim of the first hijacking of a commercial aircraft.[2] Piracy for robbery and ransom was the motive.[4][5]

The lone survivor, Huang Yu (黄裕; 黃裕; Huáng Yù; Huang Yü), was the admitted leader of the hijacking plot, and survived by jumping out the emergency exit just before the crash.[6] He was brought to court by the Macau Police, but the Macau court suggested that the prosecution should be brought in Hong Kong instead, since the plane was registered in Hong Kong and most of the passengers were from there. However, the British colonial government in Hong Kong stated that the incident happened over Chinese territory in which the British have no jurisdiction. Since no state claimed authority to try him, Huang was released without trial from Macau prison on 11 June 1951, and was then deported to China (by then the People's Republic of China).[1]

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  1. ^ a b Arthur Hacker. "'Cathay Pacific Airways PBY Catalina amphibious aircraft Miss Macao ashore at Kai Tak Airport.'". Retrieved 15 May 2010. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Eather, Charles (1983). Syd's Pirates – A Story of an Airline: Cathay Pacific Airways. Australia: Durnmount. ISBN 978-0-949756-05-3. 
  3. ^ "Catalina – Aviation's first act of armed piracy". 1 August 2002. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Flights of fancy Issue 10". 1 November 2008. Archived from the original on 8 August 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Pilots & Pirates". Time. 9 September 1948. Retrieved 15 May 2010.  "Since piracy laws don't yet cover air piracy, he will probably be charged with simple murder."
  6. ^ "On This Day: First Commercial Flight Hijacked". 16 July 2010. Archived from the original on 3 January 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2013. 

Coordinates: 22°10′55″N 113°44′38″E / 22.182°N 113.744°E / 22.182; 113.744