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Hijacking description
Last updated: 18 November 2017
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Date:Tuesday 19 October 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic B735 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-566
Operator:EgyptAir
Registration: SU-GBI
C/n / msn: 25307/2135
First flight: 1991-09-24 (8 years )
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-3C1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 54
Airplane damage: None
Location:Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM) (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
Flightnumber:MS838
Narrative:
Aboard EgyptAir flight 838 was one passenger who was being deported from Turkey back to Egypt. Shortly after departure from Istanbul the man entered the flight deck (the cockpit door was inadvertently left open during the flight). He threatened the flight crew with what was initially believed to be a knife but almost certainly was a ballpoint pen. He alternately demanded that the flight be diverted to London or Germany. The airplane flew to Hamburg-Fuhlsbüttel Airport (HAM), Germany where all passengers were released. German police apprehended the hijacker.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1999 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 1221 km (763 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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