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Hijacking description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 30 March 1998
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Kibris Türk Hava Yollari
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 97
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 105
Airplane damage: None
Location:Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB) (   Turkey)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ercan Airport (ECN/LCEN), Turkey
Destination airport:Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC), Turkey
Narrative:
A Turkish male passenger hijacked a Cyprus Turkish Airlines Boeing 727 aircraft, carrying 97 passengers and eight crew members, shortly after takeoff from the Turkish-controlled part of Cyprus. The plane was en route to Ankara, Turkey. The hijacker, who acted alone and claimed to have a bomb, demanded to be flown to Bonn, Germany. The pilot told the hijacker that the aircraft did not have enough fuel and persuaded him to allow the plane to land at Esenboga Airport in Ankara. Turkish security forces surrounded the plane when it landed and, after a brief period of negotiations, stormed the plane and overpowered the hijacker. No weapons or explosives were found on the plane. There were no injuries to passengers or crew members.

Classification:
Hijack
Plane stormed

Sources:
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1998 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Ercan Airport to Ankara-Esenboga Airport as the crow flies is 551 km (344 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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