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Hijacking description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Status:Preliminary
Date:Thursday 15 February 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic B737 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-7Q8
Operator:Air Mauritanie
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 71
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 79
Airplane damage: None
Location:Las Palmas-Gando Air Base (LPA) (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nouakchott Airport (NKC/GQNN), Mauritania
Destination airport:Nouadhibou Airport (NDB/GQPP), Mauritania
Narrative:
A man armed with two hand guns seized the 737 shortly after takeoff from Mauritania's capital, Nouakchott. He reportedly demanded to be flown to France. It tried to land at Dakhla, in Western Sahara, but Moroccan authorities refused permission. The plane continued to Las Palmas where it landed safely. Passengers and crew overpowered the man and he was arrested by Spanish police.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

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Distance from Nouakchott Airport to Nouadhibou Airport as the crow flies is 333 km (208 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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