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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:
Date:Saturday 9 March 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic L101 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 500
Operator:Alia Royal Jordanian Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: None
Location:Dubai Airport (DXB) (   United Arab Emirates)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan
Destination airport:Dubai Airport (DXB/OMDB), United Arab Emirates
Flightnumber: 191
Narrative:
On ground at Dubai, after a flight from Karachi, a bomb exploded in a baggage compartment.

After the occurrence, a young man (18 years old) was arrested at Dubai International Airport. He was apprehended when authorities questioned the passengers regarding the explosion. Reportedly, the youth stated that he had been recruited by an Arab country, supplied with a fake passport, and had received one month's training for this attack. He also stated that the suitcase containing the explosive was handed to him by a man in Karachi. Apparently the device had unsuccessfully been set to explode while the aircraft was in the air.
There were no casualties or damages reported as a result of the explosion and no organization has claimed responsibility for this act.

Classification:
Sabotage

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


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Distance from Karachi International Airport to Dubai Airport as the crow flies is 1181 km (738 miles).

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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