ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9 registration unknown Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
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Date:Monday 21 March 1994
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 160
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport (PMO/LICJ), Italy
Destination airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
A passenger claiming to have an explosive device in a bag hijacked Meridiana Flight 1132 shortly after takeoff from Palermo, Sicily. The DC-9 aircraft, with 160 passengers and crew, was en route to Rome. The hijacker was a 67-year-old Sicilian who demanded to speak with officials in order to submit a protest against the Italian Government for "injustices" against him. His demands stemmed from an arrest in 1984. He threatened to commit suicide if his demands were not met.
The aircraft landed as scheduled at Rome's Fiumicino Airport and was isolated. After several hours of negotiations, the hijacker released his hostages. He was arrested without incident as he left the plane. The device he carried contained no explosives. There were no injuries.


» L'Unità, 22-3-1994
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1994 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport to Roma-Fiumicino Airport as the crow flies is 407 km (254 miles).

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