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Hijacking description
Last updated: 24 June 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 8 June 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic L410 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Let L-410A
Operator:Slov-Air
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: None
Location:Weiden (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mariánské Lázne Airport (MKA/LKMR), Czech Republic
Destination airport:Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR), Czech Republic
Narrative:
The Slov-Air flight Prague to Mariánské Lázne (Czechoslovakia, now Czech Republic) was routine. Turnaround time at Mariánské Lázne Airport was 20 minutes before the flight back to Prague. The Let 410 took off shortly after 16:00. Over the Becov control point two passengers, one wielding a gun, entered the flight deck and grabbed both pilots headphones shouting: "Fly to West Germany, otherwise I will shoot you dead!" Then sound of shot was heard. The captain, Ján Micica had been killed. The hijacker then threatened to shoot the copilot as well, demanding an immediate course to Munich. At the same time eight other hijackers attacked the last four passengers using bottles, to avoid resistance of a possible security guard on board.
The copilot told the hijacker that they did not have enough fuel to reach Munich and that he would land in nearest bigger city. Just after hijackers had seen "Glassfabrik" writing on a factory and western cars on the roads, a landing was performed on Weiding airstrip, just 600 m long.
Ten hijackers (including three women, one with infant baby) escaped and were later caught by police.

Sources:
» E-mail Peter Hupka (5-5-2009, 30-1-2017)
» totalmag.cz


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OK-ADN went to CSA in 1976 and was withdrawn from use in 1991
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Mariánské Lázne Airport to Praha-Ruzyne International Airport as the crow flies is 111 km (69 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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