Narrative:The aircraft was hijacked by two armed men while en route to Tripoli, Libya. One man was armed with a pistol and the other with a package that he claimed contained explosives. The hijackers demanded to be flown to Teheran, Iran. They landed at Rome, Italy to refuel and then headed toward Beirut, Lebanon, but were refused permission to land. They finally landed at Larnaca, Cyprus due to low fuel.
After several hours of negotiations the hijackers surrendered to Cypriot authorities.
A search of the suitcase of one of the hijackers revealed a bomb hidden inside a camera. Both men were sentenced to seven years in prison for hijacking, 3 years for possession of explosives, to be served concurrently.
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Athens-Ellinikon International Airport to Tripoli International Airport as the crow flies is 1114 km (696 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.