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Hijacking description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 31 December 1989
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:
Airplane damage: None
Location:Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) (   Saudi Arabia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED/OEJN), Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport (RUH/OERK), Saudi Arabia
Narrative:
A mentally unstable hijacker demanded to be taken to Cyprus. The pilot returned to Jeddah where the hijacker was overpowered by security guards.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport to Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport as the crow flies is 847 km (529 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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