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Hijacking description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:- (No safety board investigation)
Date:Saturday 27 January 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic A343 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A340-312
Operator:Gulf Air
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 4 CFMI CFM56-5C3
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 202
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 213
Airplane damage: None
Location:Abu Dhabi (   United Arab Emirates)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport (BKK/VTBD), Thailand
Destination airport:Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH/OMAA), United Arab Emirates
Flightnumber: 153
Narrative:
An Iraqi male attempted to hijack the flight using a small knife. He attempted to enter the cockpit but was quickly overpowered by the senior steward and two passengers. The hijacker later told authorities that he wanted to go to Australia.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» AFP
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 2001 / DoT, TSA


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Distance from Bangkok-Don Muang International Airport to Abu Dhabi International Airport as the crow flies is 4915 km (3072 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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