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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Monday 15 July 1974
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-8
Operator:Japan Air Lines - JAL
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 89
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Nagoya (   Japan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Osaka-Itami Airport (ITM/RJOO), Japan
Destination airport:Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT), Japan
A male passenger, armed with a knife, hijacked a JAL DC-8. He demanded the release of the leader of the Japanese Red Army, a communist terrorist group. His demands were not met and the hijacker then demanded to be flown to Nagoya.
After landing the hijacker remained in the flight deck with the pilots. The flight attendants meanwhile opened an emergency exit to allow the passengers to escape. The aircraft was subsequently stormed by police officers who took the hijacker into custody.


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Distance from Osaka-Itami Airport to Tokyo-Haneda Airport as the crow flies is 401 km (251 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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