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Hijacking description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 30 June 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-243B
Operator:Alitalia
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 242
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 260
Airplane damage: None
Location:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK) (   Thailand)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Delhi-Palam Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Destination airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Narrative:
An Alitalia flight to Bangkok, Thailand was hijacked by a male passenger from Sri Lanka. The hijacker demanded $300,000 and to be reunited with his wife and child who were in Italy. He claimed to have six accomplices aboard and threatened to blow up the aircraft. Upon landing at Bangkok he released four passengers.
Later when he learned that his wife and child were on their way to Bangkok he released about 139 more passengers and 2 escaped by jumping from the plane.
After the hijacker's wife went aboard the aircraft and the ransom was delivered, all the remaining hostages were released. Per agreement with authorities during the night of July 1, the hijacker and his wife and child, together with the ransom money, were flown to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
On July 3 he was arrested by Sri Lankan authorities and sentenced to 20 years to life.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Delhi-Palam Airport to Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport as the crow flies is 2902 km (1814 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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