Miss Macao (traditional Chinese: 澳門小姐; simplified Chinese:
澳门小姐; pinyin: Àomén xiǎojie; Wade–Giles: Ao-men
Hsiao-chieh; Sidney Lau: O3 Moon4 Siu2 Je2) was a Catalina seaplane
Cathay Pacific and operated by a subsidiary. On 16 July 1948
it was involved in the first hijacking of a commercial aircraft.
Piracy for robbery and ransom was the motive.
The lone survivor, Wong Yu (黄裕; 黃裕; Huáng Yù; Wong4 Yue6),
confessed to membership of the gang of four pirates who attempted the
hijacking (then simply labelled "piracy"), met fierce resistance
during which the pilot was shot, but survived by jumping out the
emergency exit just before the plane hit the water. The object of the
plot was to rob wealthy passengers and hold them for ransom. 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
had no jurisdiction. Since no state claimed authority to try him, Wong
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).
Hong Kong portal
1933 Imperial Airways Diksmuide crash, the first act of in-flight
List of sole survivors of airline accidents or incidents
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^ "Pilots & Pirates". Time. 9 September 1948. Retrieved 15 May
2010. "Since piracy laws don't yet cover air piracy, he will
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Aviation accidents and incidents
Aviation accidents and incidents in 1948 (1948)
Jan 7 Mantell UFO incident
Jan 28 Los Gatos DC-3 crash
Jan 30 BSAA Star Tiger disappearance
Mar 2 Heathrow Disaster
Mar 12 Northwest Airlines Flight 4422
Apr 5 Gatow air disaster
Apr 15 Pan Am Flight 1-10
Apr 21 British European Airways Flight S200P
May 12 1948 Sabena DC-4 Crash
Jun 17 United Airlines Flight 624
Jul 4 Northwood mid-air collision
Jul 16 PBY Catalina Miss Macao
Jul 21 Lake Mead B-29 crash
Aug 1 Air France Latécoère 631
Aug 29 Northwest Airlines Flight 421
Sep 2 Australian National Airways DC-3 crash
Oct 2 Bukken Bruse disaster
Oct 6 Waycross B-29 crash
Oct 20 KLM Constellation disaster
Dec 28 Airborne Transport DC-3 (DST) disappearance
Coordinates: 22°10′55″N 113°44′38″E / 22.182°N