Narrative:The aircraft was hijacked by seven Sikh extremists during a flight from Delhi and Srinagar, India. The hijackers demanded the release of Sikhs in Indian jails, fuel and safe passage to the U.S. The hijackers diverted the aircraft from Srinagar to Lahore (LHE), Pakistan. Although armed initially only with their ceremonial daggers, the hijackers apparently obtained a pistol from an accomplice in Lahore. After an intermediate stop in Karachi (KHI), the aircraft landed in Dubai (DXB) where the hijackers surrendered to authorities.
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 Delhi-Palam Airport to Srinagar Airport as the crow flies is 638 km (399 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.