Hijacking description
Last updated: 21 September 2014
Status:- (No safety board investigation)
Date:Friday 24 July 1987
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30
Operator:Air Afrique
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 143
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 158
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA) (   Switzerland)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG), France
Flightnumber: 056
Narrative:
Air Afrique Flight 056, a DC-10 which had originated in Brazzaville, Congo, was hijacked over northern Italy while en route from Rome to Paris with 143 passengers and 15 crew members. The hijacker apparently smuggled a gun on the plane when he boarded in Bangui, Central African Republic, during a stop-over. He demanded to be flown to Beirut but allowed the pilot to land in Geneva for refueling. The hijacker, a Lebanese Shiite, demanded the release of prisoners held in West Germany. He singled out a French national, shot him to death and threatened to kill others. The aircraft was stormed by Swiss poilce when passengers broke open emergency doors and began escaping after the pilot announced that the aircraft was preparing to take off for Beirut. A flight attendant was wounded when he attempted to overpower the hijacker and 29 passengers were hurt fleeing from the plane.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» L'Unità 25-7-1987
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1987 / U.S. Department of Tranport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport as the crow flies is 1093 km (683 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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