ASN Aircraft accident Fokker F-27 Friendship 600 5A-DDU Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA)
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Date:Tuesday 16 October 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-27 Friendship 600
Operator:Libyan Arab Airlines
Registration: 5A-DDU
MSN: 10586
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA) (   Malta)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hon Airport (HUQ/HLON), Libya
Destination airport:Tripoli International Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libya
Using a homemade gasoline bomb and knives, three Syrian male hijackers commandeered the aircraft. They demanded to be flown to Switzerland but later agreed to land in Malta where they surrendered after being promised a press conference. During the press conference on October 17, they stated the hijacking was done to express anger about unsettled financial problems and they chose to leave Libya by hijacking an aircraft because they did not have passports.


» Jan F. Homma


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Distance from Hon Airport to Tripoli International Airport as the crow flies is 474 km (296 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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