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Hijacking description
Last updated: 23 June 2018
Date:Tuesday 23 July 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic B704 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-458
Operator:El Al Israel Airlines
Registration: 4X-ATA
C/n / msn: 18070/205
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 51
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Algiers-Dar el Beida Airport (ALG) (   Algeria)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Tel Aviv-Lod International Airport (TLV/LLBG), Israel
Flightnumber: 426
Hijacked by three men of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
On August 31, Algeria freed the last 12 passengers and crew members and allowed a French crew to fly the seized airplane to Rome the next day.

» El Al Israel's Flying Star / by Marvin G. Goldman, pages 83 and 177.
» L'Unitá 24-7-1968


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Distance from Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Tel Aviv-Lod International Airport as the crow flies is 2263 km (1414 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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