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Hijacking description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 27 December 1985
Type:Boeing 747
Operator:Saudi Arabian Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 213
Airplane damage: None
Location:Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport (RUH) (   Saudi Arabia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Karachi-Quaid-E-Azam International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Destination airport:Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport (RUH/OERK), Saudi Arabia
Narrative:
A man who reportedly was mentally unbalanced brandished a razor and attempted to hijack the aircraft about one hour before the aircraft was scheduled to land. He was taken into custody by a security agent who was among the 213 passengers and crew aboard the aircraft.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

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Distance from Karachi-Quaid-E-Azam International Airport to Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport as the crow flies is 2049 km (1280 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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