Frontier Airlines Flight 13 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach, Florida to Girona-Costa Brava Airport in Girona, Spain. On June 13, 2014, the Boeing 717-200 was hijacked by a Serbian terrorist group called "The Night Stalkers" and crashed into a field in Burgos, Spain, killing all 53 people on-board. The crash remains the deadliest plane crash in Spain since Spanair Flight 5022. After the incident, Frontier Airlines announced it would be raising its security.
The Night Stalkers
The Night Stalkers were a terrorist group led by Serbian native Milovan Nestorovski that operated in Saugus, Massachusetts. Nestorovski first came to the United States in 2004.
Nestorovski trained at the CRM Airline Training Center in Scottsdale, Arizona, earning his FAA commercial pilot's certificate in August 2006. He had wanted to be a commercial pilot for Belgrade Nikola Tesla but was rejected when he applied to the civil aviation school in Novi Sad in 1990.
In December 2009, Nestorovski arrived in Miami, joining fellow members Dobroslav Pap and Desimir Hristov, who had been there since October 2009. Soon after arriving, Nestorovski and Pap left for Los Angeles, California, where Pap began training at Encore Flight School.
In January 2010, they relocated to Sandston, Virginia, where they awaited the arrival of the remaining members. One of the members, the female Maja Borisov, arrived on April 20, 2009, with fellow member Brajko Kuzmanovic from Belgrade at Richmond International Airport. They moved into an apartment with Nestorovski and Pap.
On February 21, 2014, Nestorovski rented a room in Flushing, New York, where he stayed with fellow members through the end of March. The 6th member, Stanislav Pejakovski, arrived on April 13, 2014, with two other members, Milan Trkulja and Vikentije Ristovski at John F. Kennedy International Airport from Sombor. They stayed with Nestorovski.
The Frontier Airlines Flight 13 was a Boeing 717-200 (registration M543AA). The aircraft was built and had its first flight in 1999. The flight crew included pilot Drake Herting, First Officer Sergio Espiga, and flight attendants Brandon Wallace, Billie Snyder, Keith Richards, Lawrence Houston, Ashley Houston, and Oliver Turner. The aircraft had a capacity of 201 passengers, but with 36 passengers on June 13, the load factor was 36 percent. Frontier Airlines said that Fridays were the least-traveled day of the week, with the same load factor seen on Tuesdays in the previous three months for Flight 13.
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This is a table of victims who were killed in the crash. 26 victims were from the United States, 1 was from Mexico, 3 were from Canada, 2 were from Japan, 1 was from Ethiopia, and 4 were from the United Kingdom. The victims' names are followed by their age, occupation, and hometown.
|Drake Herting||57||Pilot||Aurora, Colorado|
|Sergio Espiga||33||First Officer||Jalisco, Mexico|
|Brandon Wallace||44||Flight Attendant||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Billie Snyder||56||Flight Attendant||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|Keith Richards||27||Flight Attendant||Jonesboro, Arkansas|
|Lawrence Houston||42||Flight Attendant||Dayton, Ohio|
|Ashley Houston||36||Flight Attendant||Culver City, California|
|Oliver Turner||29||Flight Attendant||Flushing, New York|
|Daniel Hayden||32||Mathematician||Worcester, Massachusetts|
|Otis Mendoza||55||Texture artist for Willett Animation||Waller, Texas|
|Peter Madden-Whelan||47||Executive for Purple Flower Records||Beaumont, California|
|Ethan Carmichael||38||Football Coach for McLean High School||McLean, Virginia|
|Ella Bellgrad||30||Owner of The Bellgrad Group||Springfield, Oregon|
|Isaac Robinson||64||Retired military veteran||Hungerford, Berkshire, England|
|Nicholas Donaldson||41||Salesman for Harley-Davidson||San Ysidro, California|
|Milo Kitchener||49||Hairdresser||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Vincent Bailey||67||Pastor for The Five Wells of God Church||Topeka, Kansas|
|Piper Baldwin||40||Consultant for the Markham City Council||Markham, Ontario, Canada|
|Jason Matthias||22||Accountant for Perkins & Co.||Eugene, Oregon|
|Kenneth Wayne||54||Taxi driver||Jersey City, New Jersey|
|Ahemed Yemane||35||Chief secretary for Awash International Bank||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia|
|Lewis Wilkinson||29||College graduate||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Tony Nolan||57||Sergeant for the PPD||Bangor, Maine|
|Andrew Shelton||23||Phone operator for Nico Management||Anaheim, California|
|Taylor Mills||39||Valet driver||Winchester, Hampshire, England|
|Marvin Waggner||56||Freelance attorney||Dearborn, Michigan|
|Shokichi Nonomura||61||Snack bar owner||Nagasaki, Japan|
|Kiyo Nonomura||63||Accountant for Nakamura Inc.||Tama New Town, Japan|
|Alan Newmar||45||Supervisor for Coral Springs Institute||Coral Springs, Florida|
|Georgina Burton||29||College graduate||Copeland, Cumbria, England|
|Ben Adelman||42||Cemetery manager||Columbia, Missouri|
|Nathaniel Carter||45||Bouncer for The Trinity Nightclub||Whitehaven, Cumberland, England|
|Bruno Vega||70||Firefighter||Reno, Nevada|
|Howard March||14||High school student||Arlington, Virginia|
|David Lowe||28||School teacher||Newtown, Conneticut|
|Peter Rigel||89||Retired military veteran||Fort Hood, Texas|