ASN Aircraft accident Ilyushin Il-18B registration unknown Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL)
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Date:Sunday 19 October 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-18B
Operator:LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze
Registration: registration unknown
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 61
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL) (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland
Destination airport:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF/EDDB), Germany
The Il-18 aircraft was on its way from Warsaw, Poland, to Brussels, Belgium via Berlin-Schönefeld Airport when the aircraft was hijacked and made to land at Berlin-Tegel Airport at 13.55. After three hours on the ground the aircraft left for Schönefeld.
Both male hijackers were from East Germany and requested asylum in West Berlin.

» Algemeen Handelsblad 20-10-1969
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Distance from Warszawa-Okecie Airport to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport as the crow flies is 503 km (314 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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