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Hijacking description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 26 September 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-2H9
Operator:Jugoslovenski Aerotransport - JAT
Registration: YU-AKF
C/n / msn: 21038/1118
First flight: 1975-03-14 (6 years 7 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 98
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 107
Airplane damage: None
Location:Larnaca Airport (LCA) (   Cyprus)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Titograd Airport (TGD/LYPG), Montenegro
Destination airport:Beograd Airport (BEG/LYBE), Serbia
Narrative:
Three Croatians were armed with a pistol and a knife hijacked the domestic flight. They demanded to be taken to Israel. At Larnaca passengers staged a mock fire alarm and escaped while the plane was on the ground.

The aircraft operated on a flight from Titograd to Belgrade. The hijacking occurred shortly after an unscheduled stop at Dubrovnik Airport to pick up high ranking officials after an international conference.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» New York Times, September 28, 1981


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Distance from Titograd Airport to Beograd Airport as the crow flies is 284 km (178 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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