Narrative:A Chinese man hijacked a China Eastern Airlines aircraft. The incident began shortly after takeoff of flight MU 5915 when the man announced that he was carrying a bomb concealed in his bag and demanded to be flown to Taiwan. The flight, however, continued to Xiamen Airport. When the crew lowered the landing gear as the plane neared the airport, a struggle ensued between the hijacker and security personnel. The hijacker was shot and killed during the scuffle. The plane landed safely, and there were no other injuries
|Date:||Monday 22 December 1997|
|Operator:||China Eastern Airlines|
|Registration:|| registration unknown|
|C/n / msn:|| |
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: |
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: |
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: |
|Airplane damage:|| None|
|Location:||Xiamen Airport (XMN) (China)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport (SHA/ZSSS), China|
|Destination airport:||Xiamen Airport (XMN/ZSAM), China|
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1997 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security
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 Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport to Xiamen Airport as the crow flies is 799 km (499 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.