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Last updated: 22 September 2020
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Date:Thursday 9 March 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-281
Operator:China Airlines
Registration: B-1870
C/n / msn: 20226/168
First flight: 1969-05-12 (8 years 10 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Hong Kong (   Hong Kong)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH/RCKH), Taiwan
Destination airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Narrative:
A crewmember armed with an ax and scissors was killed by a security guard when he commandeered the plane and demanded it be flown to mainland China. The pilot and co-pilot were injured in the incident. The aircraft landed in Hong Kong.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Kaohsiung International Airport to Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport as the crow flies is 629 km (393 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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