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Hijacking description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 20 February 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-5-DO (DC-4)
Operator:Air Vietnam
Registration: XV-NUM
C/n / msn: 7469
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 46
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 52
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Hue Airport (HUI) (   Vietnam)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Qui Nhon Airport (UIH/VVQN), Vietnam
Destination airport:Da Nang Airport (DAD/VVDN), Vietnam
Narrative:
A hijacker ordered the crew to divert to Dong Hoi, North Vietnam. The pilot told him an intermediate stop at Dong Ha, North Vietnam was necessary. The flight actually landed at Hue, South Vietnam. The hijacker detonated explosives when realizing he was tricked. A hole measuring 2 by 3 meters was blown in the port side of the fuselage and three starboard windows were broken.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA


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Distance from Qui Nhon Airport to Da Nang Airport as the crow flies is 274 km (171 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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