ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 707-458 4X-ATA Algiers-Dar el Beida Airport (ALG)
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Date:Tuesday 23 July 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic B704 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-458
Operator:El Al Israel Airlines
Registration: 4X-ATA
MSN: 18070/205
First flight: 1961-04-14 (7 years 3 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 41
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 51
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Algiers-Dar el Beida Airport (ALG) (   Algeria)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italy
Destination airport:Tel Aviv-Lod International Airport (TLV/LLBG), Israel
El Al flight LY426 was hijacked by three men of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The aircraft, a Boeing 707-400, operated on a passenger service from London-Heathrow Airport, U.K., to Tel Aviv, Israel via Rome-Fiumicino Airport, Italy.
After takeoff one of the hijackers entered the flight deck, clubbed the copilot with the butt of his pistol and ordered the captain to fly to Algiers, Algeria. The other two hijackers threatened the passengers with pistols and hand grenades.
The following day, all non-Israeli passengers were released. Ten women and children were released over the weekend. The remaining 12 Israeli passengers, and the crew of 10 were held as hostages for the remainder of the hijacking.
The Israeli and Algerian governments negotiated the return of the hostages and plane through diplomatic channels. On August 31 everyone was released in exchange for 16 convicted Arab prisoners.
A French crew then flew the seized airplane to Rome the next day.


» El Al Israel's Flying Star / by Marvin G. Goldman, pages 83 and 177.
» L'Unitá 24-7-1968


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Distance from Roma-Fiumicino Airport to Tel Aviv-Lod International Airport as the crow flies is 2263 km (1414 miles).

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