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Last updated: 6 August 2020
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Date:Monday 17 April 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator:Swissair
Registration: HB-IFM
C/n / msn: 45847/394
First flight: 1968-09-17 (3 years 7 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA) (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG), Switzerland
Destination airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Flightnumber:SR610
Narrative:
Swissair flight SR610 departed Genève-Cointrin Airport, Switzerland, at 07:20 hours on a flight to Rome, Italy.
About 07:55, a 30-year-old male passenger entered the cockpit of the DC-9 carrying a cigar box which he claimed was a bomb. He demanded to be flown to Argentina. The pilot diverted to flight to Rome's-Ciampino Airport, where the flight landed at 09:07.
After landing the hijacker descended the ventral stairs in order to speak to the U.S. ambassador. A police officer had posed as the ambassador and arrested the hijacker.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» L'Unità, 18-4-1972
» British Pathé
» Nouvelliste, 18 April 1972


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Distance from Genève-Cointrin Airport to Roma-Fiumicino Airport as the crow flies is 691 km (432 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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