Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 18 December 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 17 December 1973
Time:13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-321B
Operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: N407PA
C/n / msn: 18838/412
First flight: 1965
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 30 / Occupants: 177
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) (   Italy) show on map
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Flightnumber: 110
Narrative:
Five terrorist entered the Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) terminal and fired their weapons. They took six hostages and threw incendiary grenades into a PanAm Boeing 707 N407PA, named "Clipper Celestial", that was boarding passengers for a flight to Beirut. The terrorists killed a guard and hijacked a Lufthansa Boeing 737. The hijackers ended up in Kuwait where they surrendered on December 18.

Classification:

Sources:
» Algemeen Dagblad 19.12.1973
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA


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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 Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Beirut International Airport as the crow flies is 2202 km (1376 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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