For many Vietnamese immigrants to the United States, Ly Tong was an uncompromising enemy of communism. And that, in their eyes, made him a hero. File photo: AP

Ex-fighter pilot Ly Tong, who hijacked Vietnam Airlines plane with plastic knife and coat hanger before parachuting into swamp, dies at 74

  • Ly Tong was famous for hijacking an Airbus A310 in 1992 and dropping leaflets over Ho Chi Minh City
  • His sentence of 20 years in prison was cut short after the US and Vietnam normalised relations. Tong was granted amnesty in 1998
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For many Vietnamese immigrants to the United States, Ly Tong was an uncompromising enemy of communism. And that, in their eyes, made him a hero. File photo: AP
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