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Hijacking description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Friday 28 June 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-2F2
Operator:Türk Hava Yollari - THY
Registration: TC-JCB
C/n / msn: 22993/1808
First flight: 1982-07-08 (3 years)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 81
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: None
Location:Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport (IST) (   Turkey)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Destination airport:Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey
Narrative:
An attempt to hijack a THY Turkish Airlines Boeing 727 airliner with 81 passengers aboard was thwarted by the airline crew. The aircraft was enroute to Istanbul, Turkey from Frankfurt, West Germany when a lone male grabbed a fire extinguisher and rushed into the cockpit shouting that he wanted to blow up the aircraft.
After spraying the flight crew and instruments with foam, the flight engineer, with the help of several passengers, subdued the hijacker. The aircraft continued to its original destination of Istanbul. The hijacker was later identified as a Turkish citizen who was disgruntled because his West German work permit had been cancelled.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

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Distance from Frankfurt International Airport to Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport as the crow flies is 1851 km (1157 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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