Narrative:A teenager commandeered an Aeroflot TU-154 aircraft in Vladivostok and threatened to "blow up" the plane if his demands to be taken "overseas" were not met. He had sneaked onto the runway, entered the aircraft by way of an unattended ladder after all passengers had boarded, and threatened a flight attendant with a knife. The plane, scheduled for a domestic flight to Ekaterinburg, carried 170 passengers and crew.
Authorities would not allow the aircraft to depart. A policeman was able to get inside the aircraft and struck the youth on the head knocking him unconscious. The teenager was arrested. He reportedly carried several blocks of TNT, a fuse, a knife, and a tear gas canister. His motivation may have been related to his being unemployed.
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1993 / U.S. Department of Tranport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security
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Distance from Vladivostok Airport to Ekaterinburg-Koltsovo Airport as the crow flies is 5015 km (3134 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.