ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 727-23 registration unknown Cape Town International Airport (CPT)
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Date:Tuesday 15 August 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic B720 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-23
Operator:Phoenix Airways
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 97
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 104
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Cape Town International Airport (CPT) (   South Africa)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cape Town International Airport (CPT/FACT), South Africa
Destination airport:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB/FAJS), South Africa
Flightnumber: 506
A man claiming to have a gasoline bomb hijacked Phoenix Airways Flight 506 and demanded transit to Cuba. The hijacking took place shortly after the Boeing 727-023 aircraft departed Cape Town en route to Johannesburg.
The pilot returned to Cape Town after telling the hijacker that maps and additional fuel were needed to fly the 7,000 miles to Cuba. Shortly after the plane landed, crew members overpowered the hijacker and seized his bag, and he was taken into custody. The hijacker's "incendiary device" was a bottle in a paper bag.


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


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Distance from Cape Town International Airport to Johannesburg International Airport as the crow flies is 1267 km (792 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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