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Last updated: 20 February 2019
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Date:Friday 29 August 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-331B
Operator:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registration: N776TW
C/n / msn: 18408/326
First flight: 1962
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 127
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Damascus International Airport (DAM) (   Syria)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
Flightnumber:TW840
Narrative:
TWA flight 840 was hijacked by two members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. The plane diverted to Damascus. Upon landing at Damascus the crew and passengers evacuated through emergency chutes. One hijacker threw hand grenades and another explosive device into the cockpit, destroying the front of the plane. The airplane was rebuilt with a new nose.

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» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA


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Distance from Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Athens-Ellinikon International Airport as the crow flies is 1063 km (665 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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