ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-134 DM-SCB Poprad/Tatry Airport (TAT)
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Date:Saturday 20 December 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic T134 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-134
Registration: DM-SCB
MSN: 8350503
First flight: 1968
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 77
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Poprad/Tatry Airport (TAT) (   Slovakia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF/EDDB), Germany
Destination airport:Budapest-Ferihegy Airport (BUD/LHBP), Hungary
An anonymous note with a bomb threat was passed on to a flight attendant during a flight between Berlin and Budapest.
The note stated that an explosive device had been placed in a red bag pack in the cargo hold. The bomb was set to go off below an altitude of 120 meters and could only be deactivated by persons on the ground at Berlin-Tempelhof Airport, on the Western side of Berlin.
A crew member was able to enter the cargo hold through a hatch in the cabin and failed to locate the red bag pack. For safety reasons the crew elected to divert to Poprad Airport, which was at an elevation of 718 meters.
After landing no explosive device was found. All passengers were interrogated and on January 4, 1981, the hijacker finally confessed. He was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.


» Roter Rucksack (Der Spiegel, 16 July 1984)


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Distance from Berlin-Schönefeld Airport to Budapest-Ferihegy Airport as the crow flies is 681 km (425 miles).

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