Hijacking description
Last updated: 21 August 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 12 September 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic VC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers VC-10-1151
Operator:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registration: G-ASGN
C/n / msn: 864
First flight: 1968
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Conway 550
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Zerqa RAF Station (Dawson's Field) (   Jordan) show on map
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bahrain International Airport (BAH/OBBI), Bahrain
Destination airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Flightnumber: 775
Narrative:
BOAC Flight 775 was hijacked after leaving Bahrain International Airport (BAH) for Beirut International Airport (BEY), Lebanon on September 9, 1970. The aircraft landed at Beirut and was then flown to an abandoned former RAF station at Zerqa, some 20 miles North of Amman. Hijackers from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine released the hostages and blew up the plane September 12. They wanted to influence the British government to free Leila Khaled, the female hijacker who was overpowered during an attempted hijacking on September 6.

Classification:
Hijack
Destroyed on ground

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Distance from Bahrain International Airport to Beirut International Airport as the crow flies is 1669 km (1043 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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