Hijacking description
Last updated: 25 October 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 28 August 1976
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III
Operator:Air France
Registration: F-BSGZ
C/n / msn: 83
First flight: 1961
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 20
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Ho Chi Minh City Airport (SGN) (   Vietnam) show on map
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ho Chi Minh City-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Narrative:
A Vietnamese man hijacked the Caravelle as it was about to depart for Bangkok. He released the passengers and crew and set off two grenades as authorities approached the aircraft to apprehend him. The hijacker was killed by the explosion and the aircraft sustained irreparable damage.

Classification:
Hijack

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


Photos

photo of Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III XW-PNH
XW-PNH is seen here during a one-year lease from Air France. It returned to Air France and was re-registered F-BSGZ in December 1975.
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Map
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 Ho Chi Minh City-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport as the crow flies is 737 km (461 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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