Hijacking description
Last updated: 21 April 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 20 February 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-2L5
Operator:Libyan Arab Airlines
Registration: 5A-DII
C/n / msn: 21540/1386
First flight: 1978-08-29 (4 years 6 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 160
Airplane damage: None
Location:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA) (   Malta)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sebha Airport (SEB/HLLS), Libya
Destination airport:Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN/HLLB), Libya
Flightnumber: 484
Narrative:
Libyan Arab Airlines flight 484 was en route between Sebha and Benghazi, Libya when it was hijacked by two men, reportedly displaying weapons. They forced the crew to divert to Malta.
The aircraft was surrounded by army vehicles and police to prevent it from taking off. During negotiations with Maltese authorities, the hijackers threatened to blow up the aircraft if it was not refueled and released to taken them to Morocco. The government of Morocco refused to accept them.
Negotiations continued for three days, after which the hijackers surrendered. All passengers were released unharmed.


Events:


Sources:
» aviationinmalta.com


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Distance from Sebha Airport to Benghazi-Benina International Airport as the crow flies is 793 km (496 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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