Hijacking description
Last updated: 31 October 2014
Status:
Date:Monday 22 January 2007
Type:ATR-42-500 ?
Operator:Air Botswana
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 27
Airplane damage: None
Location:Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) (   South Africa)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Gaborone-Sir Seretse Khama International Airport (GBE/FBSK), Botswana
Destination airport:Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport (JNB/FAJS), South Africa
Flightnumber: 201
Narrative:
Shortly after take-off a 26-year-old man jumped up. He carried a bottle of liquid and said if the water touched the lid, it would explode. He also claimed to be a member of al-Qaeda. The flight continued to Johannesburg. When the plane stopped in a secure area far from the terminal, the man insisted on speaking to a police officer. When police boarded the plane, the man was tackled and arrested.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» No Al Qaeda links in attempted skyjacking (SABC, 23-1-2007)


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Distance from Gaborone-Sir Seretse Khama International Airport to Johannesburg-O.R. Tambo International Airport as the crow flies is 292 km (182 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.
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