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Hijacking description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 1 December 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 24
Operator:Unknown
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Minor
Location:at an unknown location (   Congo (Democratic Republic))
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Goma Airport (GOM/FZNA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Destination airport:Kindu Airport (KND/FZOA), Congo (Democratic Republic)
Narrative:
An aircraft, ferrying passengers and commercial goods from rebel-held Goma to Kindu, was hijacked shortly after takeoff. The plane had just departed Goma when two passengers threatened to set off a hand grenade in the cabin. The two men, apparently former soldiers, demanded that the plane be flown to an airport in the government-held western part of the country. A DROC rebel aboard the plane killed one of the hijackers when he tried to enter the cockpit. The second hijacker managed to fire seven shots before being overpowered. Fortunately, the other 15 people aboard the plane were not injured. The surviving hijacker was held for questioning. Authorities in Goma blamed lax security at Goma Airport for the incident.

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 Goma Airport to Kindu Airport as the crow flies is 393 km (245 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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