Descripción:A lone hijacker seized control of a Turkish Airlines (THY) Avro RJ100 aircraft with 63 passengers and five crew members shortly after takeoff from Adana. The plane was on a domestic flight en route to Ankara. The hijacker, a Turkish male, claimed to have an explosive device hidden in a toy panda bear and demanded to be taken to Tehran, Iran. The pilot told the hijacker that Tehran’s airport was closed and persuaded him to allow the plane to land at Diyarbakir Airport in Turkey for refueling. Shortly after the plane landed, 20 passengers were released by the hijacker, but Turkish officials refused to refuel the plane. The hijacker then demanded a separate plane to fly him and seven hostages--the pilot, copilot, and five passengers--to Tehran. As Turkish security forces were preparing to assault the plane, several passengers overpowered the hijacker and he was taken into custody. No explosives or weapons were found on the plane, and no one was injured. The hijacker’s motive is unknown, but he reportedly said that he was protesting the oppression of Muslims in Algeria. On December 15 the hijacker was sentenced to a prison term of eight years and four months.
|Fecha:||lunes 23 febrero 1998|
|Operador:||THY Turkish Airlines|
|Numéro de série:|| E.3238|
|Año de Construcción:|| 1993|
|Motores:|| 4 Lycoming LF507-1F|
|Tripulación:||Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 5|
|Pasajeros:||Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 63|
|Total:||Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 68 |
|Daños en la Aeronave:|| Ninguno|
|Ubicación:||Diyarbakir Airport (DIY) (Turquía)
|Fase:|| En ruta (ENR)|
|Naturaleza:||Vuelo Doméstico Programado|
|Aeropuerto de Salida:||Adana Airport (ADA/LTAF), Turquía|
|Aeropuerto de Llegada:||Ankara (unknown airport), Turquía|
This hijacking is considered a politically motivated incident.
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1998 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security
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.