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Last updated: 26 May 2019
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Date:Saturday 25 September 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-243
Operator:Alitalia
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 101
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 109
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Catania-Fontanarossa Airport (CTA) (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Algiers-Houari Boumediene Airport (ALG/DAAG), Algeria
Destination airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Flightnumber:AZ871
Narrative:
About 40 minutes after departure a male passenger, armed with a knife, entered the cockpit and demanded to be flown to Tripoli, Libya.
Libyan authorities denied permission to land there. The hijacker then demanded to be flown to Malta. Permission to land there was denied. The hijacker had been denied a visa to enter Algeria and was being returned to Rome. The pilot convinced the hijacker that the plane was running low on fuel and he agreed to landing at Catania, Sicily. Italy. About one-half hour after landing all passengers and 5 of the 8 crew were released. Later some of the remaining crew attacked the hijacker and with the help of police overpowered him.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» Nieuwsblad van het Noorden, 27-09-1982
» L'unità, 26-9-1982


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Distance from Algiers-Houari Boumediene Airport to Roma-Fiumicino Airport as the crow flies is 956 km (598 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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