Narrative:Armed with guns and grenades, the hijackers seized the aircraft after departure from Vienna, Austria and forced it to land in Geneva, Switzerland then Sicily, Italy and Damascus, Syria before arriving at their final destination in Tehran, Iran. Ninety-three of the 111 original passengers and crew were released at various stops before the plane landed in Tehran. Reportedly. the hijackers demanded the release of Lebanese prisoners in French prisons and the withdrawal of French troops from Chad and Lebanon. After three days of negotiations in Tehran, the hijackers surrendered and all remaining passengers were released unharmed.
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 Wien-Schwechat International Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport as the crow flies is 1028 km (642 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.