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Hijacking description
Last updated: 30 July 2015
Status:
Date:Tuesday 24 April 1973
Type:Tupolev 104B
Operator:Aeroflot, Northern Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-42505
C/n / msn: 021903
First flight: 1960
Total airframe hrs:17095
Cycles:10698
Engines: 2 Mikulin AM-3M-500
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 51
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 57
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Leningrad-Shosseynaya Airport (LED) (   Russia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Leningrad-Shosseynaya Airport (LED/ULLI), Russia
Destination airport:Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO/UUEE), Russia
Narrative:
An Aeroflot flight from Leningrad to Moscow was hijacked by a passenger who demanded to be flown to Stockholm.
The flight crew decided to return to Leningrad.
The hijacker set off an explosive device when the landing gear was lowered, killing the flight engineer and himself.
A hole was blown in the right side of the fuselage but the aircraft landed safely.


Classification:
Hijack
Forced landing on runway

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA


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Distance from Leningrad-Shosseynaya Airport to Moskva-Sheremetyevo Airport as the crow flies is 595 km (372 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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