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Hijacking description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 13 September 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC85 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-8-53
Operator:Swissair
Registration: HB-IDD
C/n / msn: 45656/191
First flight: 1963
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Zerqa RAF Station (Dawson's Field) (   Jordan)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH), Switzerland
Destination airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Flightnumber: 100
Narrative:
The DC-8 carrying 143 passengers and 12 crewmembers was hijacked after leaving Zürich on September 6. The plane was then flown to Zerqa, a military airfield 20 miles North of Amman. Hijackers from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine released the hostages and blew up the plane September 13.

Classification:
Hijack
Destroyed on ground


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Distance from Zürich-Kloten Airport to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 6264 km (3915 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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