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Last updated: 25 June 2019
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Date:Wednesday 20 December 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-200
Operator:Indian Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 126
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 132
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Varanasi (   India)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Calcutta Airport (CCU/VECC), India
Destination airport:Lucknow-Amausi Airport (LKO/VILK), India
Flightnumber:IC410
Narrative:
Indian Airlines flight 410 from Calcutta to Lucknow and Delhi, was hijacked on the first leg of the flight. Two men diverted the plane to Varanasi, claiming to have explosives.
They demanded the release of Indira Gandhi. After four hours the demands were dropped and the hijackers surrendered.
It appeared both men had toy guns and a cricket ball.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Indian Airports (Shocking Ground Realities) / By Kishin R. Wadhwaney, 2004


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Distance from Calcutta Airport to Lucknow-Amausi Airport as the crow flies is 884 km (552 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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