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Hijacking description
Last updated: 17 November 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 23 August 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-266
Operator:EgyptAir
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 95
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 101
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Luxor Airport (LXR) (   Egypt)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
Destination airport:Luxor Airport (LXR/HELX), Egypt
Narrative:
The EgyptAir Boeing 737 was hijacked during a domestic flight from Cairo to Luxor. The aircraft took off from Cairo at 07:15 hours local time. As the aircraft neared Luxor, three armed passengers hijacked the aircraft. They demanded to be flown to Libya, but the aircraft had to land at Luxor because the pilot told the hijacked he did not have enough fuel to reach Libya.
On the ground at Luxor the hijackers demanded the release of five prisoners, detained for plotting an assassination of dissident Libyan and Yemeni political leaders.
At 17:30 hours the aircraft was stormed by army commando forces and all hijackers were arrested.

Classification:
Hijack
Plane stormed

Sources:
» The Bryan Times - Aug 23, 1976


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Distance from Cairo International Airport to Luxor Airport as the crow flies is 508 km (317 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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