Hijacking description
Last updated: 22 August 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 28 October 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-3
Operator:Hâng Không Viêtnam
Registration: VN-C509
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 36
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Singapore-Seletar Airport (XSP) (   Singapore)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ho Chi Minh City-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Phu Quoc-Duong Dang Airport (PQC/VVPQ), Vietnam
Narrative:
Four passengers hijacked the DC-3 during a domestic flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc, Vietnam. A struggle ensued and two Vietnamese officials were killed.
The hijackers demanded to be taken to Singapore.
The pilot diverted to U-Tapao Air Base in Thailand for refueling. The flight continued to Singapore were it landed at 21:00 at Seletar Air Base.


Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» The Straits Times, 30 October 1977, Page 1


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Distance from Ho Chi Minh City-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Phu Quoc-Duong Dang Airport as the crow flies is 299 km (187 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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