ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62CF HB-IDK Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA)
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Date:Saturday 1 December 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC86 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-8-62CF
Registration: HB-IDK
MSN: 46078/475
First flight: 1969
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 145
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 160
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA) (   Switzerland)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH), Switzerland
Destination airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG), Switzerland
Shortly before landing at Genève-Cointrin Airport, Switzerland, the aircraft was hijacked by an 18-year old male passenger.
He demanded to be flown to New York to address the United Nations about the famine in African Sahel countries as well as $50 million.
After releasing the passengers and most of the crew, police officers boarded the aircraft and arrested the hijacker.
The aircraft operated on a flight from Zürich to Monrovia via Genève and Abidjan.


» La Liberté, 3 Dec. 1973


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Distance from Zürich-Kloten Airport to Genève-Cointrin Airport as the crow flies is 229 km (143 miles).

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