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Last updated: 26 October 2020
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Date:Monday 14 January 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator:Alitalia
Registration: I-DIZI
C/n / msn: 47432/525
First flight: 1969
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 87
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 93
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Palermo-Punta Raisi Airport (PMO) (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Tunis-Carthage Airport (TUN/DTTA), Tunisia
Flightnumber:AZ864
Narrative:
A hijacker entered the cockpit and told the pilot that an accomplice had explosives and would blow up the aircraft at the hijacker's signal. He demanded the release of 25 prisoners in Tunisia including several union leaders and flight to Tripoli, Libya. He was told they could not land at Tripoli due to poor weather. He later agreed to landing at Palermo. Sicily, where after about 10 hours of negotiation the hijacker surrendered and requested political asylum. He did not have an accomplice and no explosives were found. He claimed to be acting on behalf of a group he called 'Les vivants' (the living) and described as a Tunisian political renewal organization (reportedly not known In Tunisia).

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» L'unità 16-1-1980


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Distance from Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Tunis-Carthage Airport as the crow flies is 574 km (358 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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