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Hijacking description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
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Date:Monday 25 April 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-260
Operator:Ethiopian Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 148
Airplane damage: None
Location:San'a International Airport (SAH) (   Yemen)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED/OEJN), Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:Djibouti Airport (JIB/HDAM), Djibouti
Narrative:
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 757 aircraft, en route from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was hijacked as it approached Djibouti for a scheduled stop. The hijacker, an Ethiopian man, reportedly used a toy revolver to storm the cockpit and demand that the flight, which had 148 passengers on board, be diverted to London. Authorities in Djibouti refused to allow the plane to land, and it was diverted to Sanaa, Yemen, where it circled for two hours before landing rights were authorized. The hijacker released the passengers, but he continued to hold the pilot and co-pilot hostage for a period of three hours before surrendering to Yemeni authorities. The hijacker was a lieutenant in the Ethiopian Army and intended to ask for political asylum in London.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport to Djibouti Airport as the crow flies is 1197 km (748 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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