Hijacking description
Last updated: 1 November 2014
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Date:Tuesday 22 August 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:Alyemda
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 52
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 58
Airplane damage: None
Location:Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN) (   Libya)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beirut Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Destination airport:Cairo (unknown airport), Egypt
Narrative:
Three passengers hijacked the Alyemda plane en route between Beirut (BEY) and Cairo. The flight diverted to Nicosia (NIC), Cyprus.
The hijackers said that they belonged to a group named the Eagles of National Unity in South Yemen. After a three hour refueling stop the airplane continued to Benghazi (BEN), Libya. The hijackers surrendered to Libyan authorities.


Classification:
Hijack

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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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