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Hijacking description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 9 November 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-200
Operator:Olympic Airways
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 114
Airplane damage: None
Location:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH) (   Greece)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Destination airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
Flightnumber:OA742
Narrative:
An Ethiopian passenger aboard Olympic Airways Flight 742 seized a flight attendant and threatened her with a knife from a food service tray. The incident happened as the plane was making its approach to Athens. The Ethiopian reportedly had been deported from Australia and was being returned to Ethiopia via Greece. He demanded to speak to representatives of the United Nations and the media. The plane landed in Athens shortly after 4:00 a.m. and all passengers were released. Shortly thereafter, the hijacker surrendered to Greek authorities. No injuries were reported.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1995 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport to Athens-Ellinikon International Airport as the crow flies is 7878 km (4924 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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