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Last updated: 28 November 2020
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Date:Tuesday 26 October 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:Olympic Airways
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 64
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:at an unknown location (   Greece)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
Destination airport:Heraklion Airport (HER/LGIR), Greece
Narrative:
A 20-year old passenger, armed with a gun, hijacked the flight and demanded to be taken to Rome, Italy. He was overpowered by passengers.
The airplane was on a flight to the Island of Crete.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Limburgsch dagblad 27-10-1971


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Distance from Athens-Ellinikon International Airport to Heraklion Airport as the crow flies is 310 km (194 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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