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Last updated: 24 November 2020
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Date:Friday 24 August 1979
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Libyan Arab Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Larnaca (   Cyprus)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN/HLLB), Libya
Destination airport:Tripoli International Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libya
Narrative:
While en route to Tripoli, a hijacker brandished a pistol and ordered the aircraft to be flown to a non-Arab country. After being denied permission to land at Larnaca, Cyprus, and other locations, the aircraft returned to Larnaca where it was allowed to land when the pilot reported being low on fuel. After landing the hijacker gave his pistol to the pilot, surrendered to Cyprus officials,
and requested political asylum. He was turned over to a Libyan delegation and returned to Libya. He reportedly was executed in Libya.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Benghazi-Benina International Airport to Tripoli International Airport as the crow flies is 666 km (416 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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