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Hijacking description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 31 July 2000
Type:Airbus
Operator:Cathay Pacific Airways
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: None
Location:Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok International Airport (HKG) (   Hong Kong)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Destination airport:Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG/LFPG), France
Narrative:
Hong Kong police arrested a man who held a female hostage on board a Cathay Pacific Airways aircraft that was parked at the Hong Kong International Airport. The man, armed with a pistol, forced his way through a staff security checkpoint on the south side of the passenger terminal to the apron. The suspect then ran toward a parking stand and forced a cleaning woman to board the plane. The only other person then on board was an engineer who remained trapped in the cockpit until the incident was over. The gunman likely did not know that the engineer was aboard. No passengers were on the plane because the incident happened several hours before the flight was due to leave for Paris, France. During negotiations with authorities, the gunman threatened to kill his hostage (the cleaning woman) and demanded to be flown to Myanmar (Burma). After 2,5 hours, the hostage-taker surrendered to police and the cleaning woman was released unharmed.

Classification:
Hijack

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


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Distance from Hong Kong-Chek Lap Kok International Airport to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport as the crow flies is 9533 km (5958 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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