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Hijacking description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 8 March 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev 154B-2
Operator:Aeroflot, East Siberia Civil Aviation Directorate
Registration: CCCP-85413
C/n / msn: 80A-413
First flight: 1980
Total airframe hrs:11411
Cycles:4669
Engines: 3 Kuznetsov NK-8-2U
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 76
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 84
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport (LED) (   Russia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kurgan Airport (KRO/USUU), Russia
Destination airport:Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport (LED/ULLI), Russia
Flightnumber:3739
Narrative:
The aircraft was hijacked by family (11 people) from Irkutsk who demanded to be flown to London. A landing at Leningrad was made to refuel. While on the ground the aircraft was stormed by Russian troops. Explosions followed, causing severe damage to the tail of the aircraft. Five of the hijackers were killed, along with 3 passengers and a stewardess.

Classification:
Hijack
Plane stormed

Sources:
» Soviet Transports
» Volkskrant
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1988 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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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 Kurgan Airport to Leningrad-Pulkovo Airport as the crow flies is 2104 km (1315 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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