ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 757-2Q8 B-27001 Xiamen Airport (XMN)
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Date:Monday 10 March 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-2Q8
Operator:Far Eastern Air Transport - FEAT
Registration: B-27001
MSN: 25044/369
First flight: 1991
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney PW2037
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 156
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 162
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Xiamen Airport (XMN) (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH/RCKH), Taiwan
Destination airport:Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan
A Taiwanese man hijacked a Far East Air Transport Boeing 757 aircraft to Xiamen, China. The lone hijacker doused himself with gasoline and demanded to be flown to China. The hijacker reportedly told the pilot that he was a victim of political repression and wanted political asylum. The aircraft landed safely less than two hours later in Xiamen. The hijacker was taken into custody by Chinese authorities upon the plane’s arrival in Xiamen.
The hijacker, a former journalist, reportedly had been fired from his job at a Taiwanese newspaper in 1996 for disciplinary problems.


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


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Distance from Kaohsiung International Airport to Taipei-Songshan Airport as the crow flies is 301 km (188 miles).

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