ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-134A CCCP-65807 Tbilisi Airport (TBS)
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Date:Friday 18 November 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic T134 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-134A
Operator:Aeroflot / Georgia
Registration: CCCP-65807
MSN: 3352108
First flight: 1973
Total airframe hrs:13273
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 59
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 66
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tbilisi Airport (TBS) (   Georgia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tbilisi-Novo Alexeyevka Airport (TBS/UGGG), Georgia
Destination airport:Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport (LED/ULLI), Russia
The Tupolev was hijacked by nine people, some of whom burst into the flight deck and opened fire. The first officer made sharp manoeuvres to prevent the hijackers from taking aim. In so doing the aircraft was subjected to G loads of +3.15/-0.6, which exceeded the design limit of the Tu-134. The hijackers were forced out of the flight deck and the aircraft returned to Tbilisi where security forces stormed the aircraft. Three crew, two passengers and two hijackers were killed and the aircraft received 63 bullet holes but was written off on account of permanent structural deformations caused by excessive G loads.


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Distance from Tbilisi-Novo Alexeyevka Airport to Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport as the crow flies is 2239 km (1399 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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