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Hijacking description
Last updated: 9 October 2015
Date:Saturday 22 October 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH8C model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-8-300
Operator:TABA - Transportes Aéreos da Bacia Amazônica
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: None
Location:Itaituba Airport, PA (ITB) (   Brazil)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Itaituba Airport, PA (ITB/SBIH), Brazil
Destination airport:Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport, PA (BEL/SBBE), Brazil
A commercial airliner belonging to TABA with 33 passengers was hijacked by a team of five men carrying shotguns and revolvers. The incident occurred 15 minutes after the plane departed from Itaituba on a domestic flight to Belem. The hijackers forced the pilot of the DHC-8 aircraft to return to Itaituba and land with its lights off. The hijackers then unloaded 213 pounds of gold bars worth over (U.S.) $1 million, put them into waiting vehicles, and fled.

Hijacker(s) escaped



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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 Itaituba Airport, PA to Belém/Val-de-Cans International Airport, PA as the crow flies is 890 km (556 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.
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