Hijacking description
Last updated: 24 November 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 27 March 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320-231
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 2 IAE V2500-A1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 192
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 203
Airplane damage: None
Location:Amritsar-Raja Sansi Airport (ATQ) (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL/VIDP), India
Destination airport:Hyderabad Airport (HDD/OPKD), Pakistan
Flightnumber: 439
Narrative:
Indian Airlines Flight 439, an Airbus A320 with 192 passengers and 11 crew, was hijacked during a domestic flight from Delhi (DEL) to Madras (MAA) via Hyderabad (HDD). A passenger, who claimed to have explosives strapped to his body, demanded to be flown to Lahore, Pakistan.
Because authorities in Lahore refused the aircraft permission to land, however, the pilot went to Raja Sansi Airport in Amritsar, India. There the hijacker made three demands : political asylum for himself in Pakistan, a press conference in Islamabad, and an investigation of the hijacking by Interpol rather than by Indian authorities. Although he set no deadlines, the hijacker referred to himself as a "human bomb " and threatened to blow up the plane.
The hijacker eventually surrendered and all passengers and crew members were released . A search of the aircraft located no explosives. The bomb that the man claimed to have strapped to his body was a hair dryer which he had hidden under his belt.


Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1993 / U.S. Department of Tranport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Delhi-Indira Gandhi International Airport to Hyderabad Airport as the crow flies is 932 km (583 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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