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Hijacking description
Last updated: 22 August 2017
Date:Wednesday 24 May 1972
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:South African Airways - SAA
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 55
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Blantyre (   Malawi)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Salisbury Airport (HRE/FVHA), Zimbabwe
Destination airport:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB/FAJS), South Africa
Two hijackers. Plane stormed/hijackers arrested. Duration of the hijacking: 2 days.

Plane stormed


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Distance from Salisbury Airport to Johannesburg International Airport as the crow flies is 955 km (597 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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