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Hijacking description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
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Date:Friday 5 October 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 40
Operator:Aeroflot
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 25
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Airplane damage: None
Location:Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) (   Finland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Novgorod Airport (NVR/ULNN), Russia
Destination airport:Petrozavodsk Airport (PES/ULPB), Russia
Narrative:
An Aeroflot YAK-40 aircraft was hijacked to Helsinki, Finland. The aircraft was on a domestic flight from Novgorod to Petrozavodsk and landed at Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport. The hijacker was identified as 41-year old male, who threatened to detonate an improvised explosive device if his demands were not met. Upon landing, he surrendered to authorities and requested political asylum.
His request was refused and on December 5 he was extradited to the USSR.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1991 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Novgorod Airport to Petrozavodsk Airport as the crow flies is 403 km (252 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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