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Crime History: Communist sympathizer commits first airline hijacking in U.S.

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On this day, May 1, in 1961, a passenger committed the first airline hijacking inside the United States. Antulio Ramirez Ortiz, 34, bought his ticket under the name Elpirata Cofrisi, a reference to a notorious pirate Roberto Cofresi. He used a steak knife and gun to force the Miami-to-Key West flight to land in Havana instead. Ortiz, a Fidel Castro sympathizer, said he wanted to warn the Cuban...

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