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Last updated: 16 January 2019
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Date:Saturday 6 May 1978
Type:Ilyushin Il-18
Operator:Aeroflot
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Ashgabat (   Turkmenistan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ashgabat Airport (ASB/UTAA), Turkmenistan
Destination airport:Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV/URMM), Russia
Narrative:
While en route between Ashgabat and Mineralnye Vody, a passenger hijacked the aircraft, demanding to be flown to Tehran, Iran. He threatened the crew with a pistol and a grenade. The co-pilot was shot, after which the security guards killed the hijackers. The plane landed back at the airport of Ashgabat.
The hijacker was armed with a home-made pistol using starter gun ammunition and a wooden training grenade.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» Chronicle of the seizure of Russian aircraft
» Soviet terrorists. More than 50 hijackings


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Distance from Ashgabat Airport to Mineralnye Vody Airport as the crow flies is 1443 km (902 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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