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Last updated: 21 May 2019
Date:Thursday 3 August 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic A306 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A300B4-605R
Operator:China Eastern Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 2 General Electric CF6-80C2A5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 105
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Hangzhou Airport (HGH) (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport (SHA/ZSSS), China
Destination airport:Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport (CAN/ZGGG), China
A Chinese man claiming to possess an explosive device attempted to hijack a China Eastern Airlines Airbus A300 during a domestic flight from Shanghai to Guangzhou. Thirty minutes after the plane took off, the hijacker emerged from the rear lavatory, blew a whistle, and told the flight attendant that he was hijacking the plane. The hijacker, carrying an unidentified item wrapped in newspaper that he claimed was a bomb, demanded to be flown to Taiwan. He then forced passengers sitting in the rear of the aircraft to move to the front so that he could see them all. The pilot ignored the hijacker's demand to be taken to Taiwan and landed at Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. As the flight was landing, two security staff members overpowered the hijacker. None of the 105 passengers aboard the flight were injured, and the hijacker was arrested by police upon arrival in Hangzhou.

Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1995 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport to Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport as the crow flies is 1188 km (742 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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