Hijacking description
Last updated: 23 July 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 6 April 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-21B
Operator:China Southern Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 187
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 200
Airplane damage: None
Location:Taipei (   Taiwan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Shenzhen-Huangtian Airport (SZX/ZGSZ), China
Destination airport:Beijing-Capital Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China
Narrative:
A China Southern Airlines Boeing 757 aircraft, with 187 passengers and 13 crew members, was hijacked during a domestic flight from Shenzhen (SZX) to Beijing (PEK). Two men armed with pistols and possessing cyanide pills entered the cockpit and demanded to be flown to Taiwan. The aircraft was diverted and landed at the military airfield located adjacent to Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport near Taipei. The hijackers subsequently surrendered, telling authorities that they committed the hijacking to escape communism and the inequalities of life in the PRC.
The aircraft was returned to the PRC. The hijackers were charged in Taiwan with air piracy on June 3 and later were sentenced to more than 10 years in prison. The PRC's request for their extradition was rejected.


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 Shenzhen-Huangtian Airport to Beijing-Capital Airport as the crow flies is 1945 km (1216 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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