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Last updated: 7 December 2021
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Date:Tuesday 19 June 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic T134 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-134B-3
Operator:Aeroflot
Registration: CCCP-65799
MSN: 63187
First flight: 1980
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 54
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 59
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Helsinki-Vantaa Airport (HEL) (   Finland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Riga International Airport (RIX/EVRA), Latvia
Destination airport:Murmansk Airport (MMK/ULMM), Russia
Narrative:
An Aeroflot Tupolev 134 passenger aircraft on a domestic flight from Riga to Murmansk was hijacked to Helsinki, Finland. The 54 passengers and five crew members were unharmed during the incident. The hijacker, a 20-year old passenger, surrendered peacefully to Finnish authorities and requested political asylum.
Although he threatened to detonate an explosive device if his demands were not met, he was found to possess neither weapons nor explosives.
In July 1990, the hijacker's request for asylum was denied, and he was extradited to the Soviet Union.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» YLE TV1 News 19 June 1990
» Criminal Acts against Civil Aviation: 1990 / FAA


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Distance from Riga International Airport to Murmansk Airport as the crow flies is 1378 km (861 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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