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Hijacking description
Last updated: 20 January 2017
Date:Tuesday 18 April 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410A
Registration: OK-ADN
C/n / msn: 710004
First flight: 1971
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 16
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Weiden Airfield (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR), Czech Republic
Destination airport:Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR), Czech Republic
After departure at 16:00 from Mariánské Lázne Airport, hijackers demanded to be taken to Germany. Eight other hijackers attacked last 4 passengers using Coca-Cola bottles, to avoid resistance of a possible security guard on board. One of the hijackers shot the captain (52) in the head. The first officer (44) landed the aircraft safely at a local airfield near Weiden, near the Czech / German border. All ten hijackers were arrested in Germany. The killer died in the prison on 14 of January 1973. The rest of hijackers were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 3 - 7 years.


» Petr Viskot (e-mail, 19-7-2015)


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