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Last updated: 17 May 2021
Fecha:sábado 9 agosto 1997
Tipo:Boeing 727
Operador:Air Gabon
Registración: registration unknown
Numéro de série:
Año de Construcción:
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes:
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes:
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 100
Daños en la Aeronave: Ninguno
Ubicación:Franceville/Mvengue Airport (MVB) (   Gabón)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional No Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Franceville/Mvengue Airport (MVB/FOON), Gabón
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Kigali-Gregoire Kayibanda Airport (KGL/HRYR), Ruanda
A Boeing 727 aircraft en route from Franceville, Gabon, to Kigali, Rwanda, was hijacked by refugees who were being repatriated to Rwanda. More than 100 refugees were aboard the chartered Gabonese aircraft. Twenty minutes into the flight, the refugees attacked the pilot and demanded to fly to South Africa. The pilot managed to maneuver the aircraft back to the Franceville airport. Upon landing, the plane was surrounded and seized by Gabonese soldiers while the pilot escaped through a window.

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


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Distance from Franceville/Mvengue Airport to Kigali-Gregoire Kayibanda Airport as the crow flies is 1848 km (1155 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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