ASN Aircraft accident Saab 340A registration unknown Nelson Airport (NSN)
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Date:Wednesday 22 January 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Saab 340A
Operator:Air Nelson
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Nelson Airport (NSN) (   New Zealand)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Auckland International Airport (AKL/NZAA), New Zealand
Destination airport:Nelson Airport (NSN/NZNS), New Zealand
A man armed with a knife seized control of the plane at Nelson. The man drove up to the aircraft, parked on the tarmac and took as hostages the pilot, copilot, and steward, who were going through post-arrival checks. After the airport was cordoned off, a police negotiator boarded the aircraft and negotiated the release of the three crew members. The man complied with the police request to put down his weapon, and he was taken into custody.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1997 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Auckland International Airport to Nelson Airport as the crow flies is 495 km (309 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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