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Last updated: 3 August 2020
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Date:Wednesday 29 June 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic VC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers VC10-1101
Operator:Gulf Air
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Conway 540
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 56
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 65
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Doha Airport (DOH) (   Qatar)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Dubai Airport (DXB/OMDB), United Arab Emirates
Destination airport:Muscat International Airport (MCT/OOMS), Oman
Narrative:
The flight from London to Dubai and Muscat was hijacked by a 26-year old Lebanese male armed with a pistol and two grenades.
The aircraft had just taken off from a refueling stop in Dubai and the pilot diverted to Doha, Qatar.
The hijacker demanded a ransom of half a million Qatari rials and a guarantee of safe passage to an undisclosed destination. He subsequently released his hostages after two hours of negotiations with authorities at the airport.
While the passengers were being released, a unit of the Qatari security forces stormed the aircraft and arrested the hijacker.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Logan Herald Journal June 29, 1977


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Distance from Dubai Airport to Muscat International Airport as the crow flies is 346 km (217 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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