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Hijacking description
Last updated: 22 March 2018
Date:Monday 2 March 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 720-030B
Operator:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Registration: AP-AZP
C/n / msn: 18250/263
First flight: 1962-01-09 (19 years 2 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 135
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 144
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Kabul, Damascus (   Syria)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Destination airport:Peshawar Airport (PEW/OPPS), Pakistan
Three hijackers demanded release of prisoners. Hijackers surrendered. Duration of the hijacking: 13 days.


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Distance from Karachi International Airport to Peshawar Airport as the crow flies is 1088 km (680 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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