Hijacking description
Last updated: 31 July 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 28 March 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator:Garuda Indonesia Airways
Registration: PK-GNJ
C/n / msn: 47672/778
First flight: 1975
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 46
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 50
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK) (   Thailand) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Palembang Airport (PLM/WIPP), Indonesia
Destination airport:Medan-Polonia Airport (MES/WIMM), Indonesia
Narrative:
The DC-9 was hijacked on an internal flight by five heavily armed hijackers. It flew to Bangkok with a stop at Penang (PEN). The hijackers demanded the release of 84 political prisoners. On the third day of the hijacking the airplane was stormed by Indonesian forces. They shot and killed four of the hijackers.

Classification:
Hijack
Plane stormed

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Distance from Palembang Airport to Medan-Polonia Airport as the crow flies is 978 km (611 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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