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Hijacking description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 25 September 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-20-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Union of Burma Airways
Registration: XY-ACT
C/n / msn: 12981
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: None
Location:unknown beach (   Myanmar)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Yangon-Mingaladon Airport (RGN/VYYY), Myanmar
Destination airport:Akyab Airport (AKY/VYSW), Myanmar
Narrative:
The airplane was commandeered by Karen rebels to land on a deserted beach. The intention was to use the plane to smuggle guns, but the hijackers discovered the plane was carrying some heavy metal chests. containing cash being transported between bank branches. The money was offloaded and the hijackers escaped.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) escaped

Sources:
» The man who carried out one of the world's earliest hijackings (BBC, 26-6-2014)


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Distance from Yangon-Mingaladon Airport to Akyab Airport as the crow flies is 494 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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