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Hijacking description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 21 October 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
Operator:Unknown
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Nabire Airport (NBX) (   Indonesia)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Obano Airport (OBD), Indonesia
Destination airport:Nabire Airport (NBX/WABI), Indonesia
Narrative:
An Indonesian Army sergeant armed with a pistol hijacked a Twin Otter commercial cargo aircraft during a short domestic flight from Obano to Nabire in western Irian Jaya Province. The hijacker was the only passenger on the flight, together with four crew members. He was allowed to ride on the plane because he convinced the crew that he was not carrying a weapon, according to an official of the airline. Shortly after takeoff, the man pulled a gun from his bag and ordered the pilot to fly to his (the hijacker's) hometown of Manokwari, because he had not seen his family for many years. The pilot agreed but only after being permitted to refuel at Nabire. Upon arrival in Nabire, the pilot and crew fled, and the hijacker surrendered upon finding many policemen awaiting the plane's arrival.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1996 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Obano Airport to Nabire Airport as the crow flies is 100 km (63 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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