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Hijacking description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 5 July 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic A320 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A320
Operator:Royal Jordanian Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 84
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 96
Airplane damage: Minor
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Amman-Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) (   Jordan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Amman-Queen Alia International Airport (AMM/OJAI), Jordan
Destination airport:Damascus International Airport (DAM/OSDI), Syria
Flightnumber: 435
Narrative:
A Syrian national hijacked Royal Jordanian flight 435 en route to Damascus, Syria, from Amman, Jordan. About ten minutes into the flight, the hijacker told a flight attendant that he wanted the plane, an Airbus A320 aircraft with 84 passengers and 12 crew, to be diverted to Germany or another European country. The man was armed with an "old" pistol and an "almost worn-out" hand grenade, which he had smuggled aboard the plane in a portable cassette player.
After the hijacker fired two shots and pulled the pin of the grenade, he was shot and killed by a Jordanian air marshal. The grenade rolled down the aisle of the plane and detonated under a seat. The blast injured 15 passengers, none seriously, and tore a 12" deep hole in the floor of the cabin of the plane. The pilot and copilot were able to return the plane to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.
Several members of the hijacker's family were on board the plane, but they were not believed to have involvement in the hijacking. The hijacker reportedly had lived briefly in Germany and had made several attempts to return there. His motive for hijacking the plane allegedly was to seek asylum because he did not want to return to Syria.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 2000 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Amman-Queen Alia International Airport to Damascus International Airport as the crow flies is 193 km (121 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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