Narrative:Shortly after takeoff from Ercan in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, two men hijacked the MD-83. One of the two men was reportedly carrying a knife. They claimed to be members of Al-Qaeda and said they carried explosives. The hijackers demanded to be taken to Tehran, Iran.
|Date:||Thursday 5 December 2013|
|Type:||McDonnell Douglas MD-83|
|C/n / msn:|| 53186/2092|
|First flight:|| 1994|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-219|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 140|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 145 |
|Airplane damage:|| None|
|Location:||Antalya Airport (AYT) (Turkey)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Ercan Airport (ECN), Turkey|
|Destination airport:||Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey|
The pilots said they needed to refuel and landed in Antalya at 08:15.
After striking a deal with the Turkish authorities, the hijackers released the women and children on board. Taking advantage of the confusion, most of the passengers escaped by breaking down the aircraft's back door and the pilots jumped out of the cockpit, leaving only a few as hostages. They hijackers then surrendered.
Media reports said police had found only modelling clay inside the package which the men claimed to contain explosives.
» Yolcu uçaginda 5 saatlik eylem (CNN Türk)
» Turkish hijacking ends without bloodshed (Turkish Press, 18-8-2007)
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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 Ercan Airport to Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport as the crow flies is 761 km (475 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networks opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.