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Last updated: 22 September 2020
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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
Aircraft 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
Flightnumber:PK326
Narrative:
Prior to reaching Peshawar, the hijackers reported to be armed with pistols and explosives required that the aircraft divert to Kabul. Afghanistan.
They claimed to belong to a group opposed to the current Pakistan government and they demanded the release of a large number of persons being held by the Pakistani government. They threatened to blow up the plane and/or shoot the passengers if their demands were not met. Over the next several days some of the passengers were released and one male passenger was shot and thrown off the aircraft. He died later. On March 8, the aircraft flew to Damascus. Syria. Several deadlines were set and passed without incident or were extended. The hijackers more than once changed their demands as to the number of persons they wanted released.
Finally they settled on 55 and Pakistan agreed when the hijackers threatened to shoot the U.S. citizens aboard. On March 14 after the Libyans refused to allow them to land 54 of the 55 were flown to Syria. The hijackers then surrendered. This hijacking lasted
approximately 12 days and 10 hours, the longest to date.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» History of PIA


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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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