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Hijacking description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
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Date:Thursday 29 October 1998
Type:Silhouette image of generic B734 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-4Y0
Operator:THY Turkish Airlines
Registration: TC-JDF
C/n / msn: 24917/2071
First flight: 1991-06-10 (7 years 5 months)
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-3C1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 40
Airplane damage: None
Location:Diyarbakir Airport (DIY) (   Turkey)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Adana Airport (ADA/LTAF), Turkey
Destination airport:Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC), Turkey
Flightnumber: 487
Narrative:
A man with a handgun and a grenade hijacked THY flight 487, which had departed Adana Airport (ADA) at approximately 19:45 en route to Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB), Turkey. The hijacker demanded to be taken to Luanne, Switzerland, but agreed to the pilot's request to land at Sofia, Bulgaria, for refueling. The pilot, however, landed at Ankara's Esenboga Airport at approximately 21:00, while the hijacker believed they were in Sofia. The hijacker told the passengers that he was
protesting the Turkish government's "dirty war" against ethnic Kurds in Turkey. The pilot also read a statement from the hijacker demanding to be taken to Luanne because it was there that the modern Turkish state was created in a treaty signed 75 years earlier. (The hijacking occurred during the 75th anniversary celebration of the Turkish Republic.)
Although negotiations were conducted, the hijacker did not release any passengers. Approximately seven hours after the plane landed (04:00) Turkish National Police special action teams stormed the plane through the rear door, evacuated some passengers, and killed the hijacker in the cockpit. There were no other injuries. It is not known whether the hijacker acted on his own or on behalf of the PKK.
Coincidentally, one week earlier this same plane was prevented from taking off in Strasbourg, France, by protesters trying to prevent the deportation of a Kurd to Turkey.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» Abdullah Nergiz (E-mail, 30-6-2010)
» BBC: Special forces end Turkish hijack (30-10-1998)
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1998 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Adana Airport to Ankara-Esenboga Airport as the crow flies is 400 km (250 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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