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Last updated: 11 December 2019
Status:- (No safety board investigation)
Date:Sunday 3 September 1995
Type:Silhouette image of generic A30B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A300B2-1C
Operator:Air Inter
Registration: F-BUAI
C/n / msn: 062
First flight: 1978-08-18 (17 years )
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 293
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 303
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA) (   Switzerland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI/LEPA), Spain
Destination airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Flightnumber:IT4617
Narrative:
Air Inter Flight 4617 was hijacked while en route from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, to Paris, France. The Airbus A300 aircraft diverted to Cointrin Airport in Geneva, Switzerland. The plane landed in Geneva approximately two hours after departure. The lone hijacker had a hand-held device which he claimed was a remote control detonator, and he threatened to blow up the plane. In Geneva, the hijacker demanded to meet with Swiss and French journalists and with a Spanish government representative. Swiss authorities refused the demand, however. Approximately 50 minutes after landing, the hijacker agreed to release all passengers. He was overpowered and apprehended by Swiss authorities shortly thereafter.
The hijacker apparently wanted to protest French nuclear testing in the Pacific Ocean. The hijacker's device was a telephone with batteries and wires.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Un déséquilibré détourne un Airbus d’Air Inter (l'Humanité, 4-9-1996)
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1995 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security
» Nouvelliste, 4 Sept. 1995


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Distance from Palma de Mallorca Airport to Paris-Orly Airport as the crow flies is 1014 km (633 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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