Narrative:An Aeroflot Tupolev 154 aircraft, with approximately 159 passengers and crew, was hijacked by a lone male passenger during a domestic flight from Tashkent to Odessa via Groznyy. The hijacker demanded to be taken to Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish officials, however, refused to allow the aircraft to land, and it diverted to Bourgas, Bulgaria. Following several hours of negotiations, the hijacker surrendered to Bulgarian authorities. An explosive device which the hijacker claimed to have, in reality, was a bottle of perfume.
|Date:||Monday 21 January 1991|
|Registration:|| registration unknown|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 151|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 159 |
|Airplane damage:|| None|
|Location:||Bourgas Airport (BOJ) ( Bulgaria)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Groznyy Airport (GRV), Russia|
|Destination airport:||Odessa-Central Airport (ODS/UKOO), Ukraine|
On March 1, 1991, the hijacker was extradited to the Soviet Union to stand trial.
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1991 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security
» The Prescott Courier - Jan 22, 1991
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 Groznyy Airport to Odessa-Central Airport as the crow flies is 1222 km (764 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.