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Last updated: 21 October 2021
Date:Thursday 27 October 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-154
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 164
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO) (   Russia)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Moskva-Vnukovo Airport (VKO/UUWW), Russia
Destination airport:Mineralnye Vody Airport (MRV/URMM), Russia
A passenger claiming to have an explosive device seized control of an Aeroflot Tupolev 154 aircraft at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport. The incident occurred prior to the departure of the flight to Mineralnye Vody. The plane, with 164 passengers on board, was quickly surrounded by Russian security forces.
The passenger made several demands: a ransom of $2 million, a pistol, and an English translator. The incident ended when the passenger, while talking to authorities, was struck on the head by the pilot and taken into custody. The passenger did not have an explosive device; there were no injuries.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1994 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Moskva-Vnukovo Airport to Mineralnye Vody Airport as the crow flies is 1320 km (825 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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