Narrative:The hijacking began in Jeddah (JED) when one of the hijackers entered the cockpit and forced the pilot at gunpoint to divert the aircraft to Tehran. The hijackers demanded $500.000, improved treatment of North Yemenis in Saudi Arabia, the deportation of Saudi teachers in North Yemen and $500 million in aid to the North Yemeni government. Shortly after the aircraft landed in Tehran, passengers tackled the two hijackers, allowing Iranian troops to storm the aircraft. The hijackers were granted political asylum. Reportedly one was tried and sentenced to 12 years in prison in Iran. The other hijacker reportedly was acquitted.
» Nederlands Dagblad 07-11-1984
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Jeddah International Airport to Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport as the crow flies is 847 km (529 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.