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Hijacking description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 4 December 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic A306 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A300C4-620
Operator:Kuwait Airways
Registration: 9K-AHG
C/n / msn: 332
First flight: 1984-04-26 (7 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4H1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 153
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 161
Airplane damage: None
Location:Tehran-Mehrabad Airport (THR) (   Iran)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Dubai Airport (DXB/OMDB), United Arab Emirates
Destination airport:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Narrative:
After a refueling stop in Dubai (DXB) while en-route to Karachi (KHI), the aircraft was hijacked to Tehran (THR) by four heavily armed Arabs. Over the next
six days the hijackers released 153 passengers and crew in several groups. The hijackers demanded the release of 17 prisoners, jailed in Kuwait for bomb attacks on U.S. and French installations. While the aircraft was in Tehran, the hijackers beat and tortured at least six passengers and killed two American passengers.
Kuwait authorities refused to release the militants from jail. The hijacking ended on December 9, 1984 when Iranian security forces boarded the aircraft and overpowered the hijackers. The hijackers were believed to have been linked to the Iraqi underground organization "Al Dawa".

Classification:
Hijack
Plane stormed

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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 Dubai Airport to Karachi International Airport as the crow flies is 1181 km (738 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.
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