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Hijacking description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Monday 9 September 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic B737 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-7Q8
Operator:Air Seychelles
Registration: S7-SEZ
C/n / msn: 30727/1005
First flight: 2001
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B22
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 64
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 72
Airplane damage: None
Location:Mahe Island-Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) (   Seychelles)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mumbai-Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM/VABB), India
Destination airport:Mahe Island-Seychelles International Airport (SEZ/FSIA), Seychelles
Flightnumber: 017
Narrative:
During a flight from Mumbai (Bombay) to Male, a man armed with an eight-inch knife/razor blade attempted to seize the aircraft by holding the knife next to the throat of a female cabin crew member and demanded that the flight be diverted to an eastern European State. The crew members managed to overpower the perpetrator and he was handed over to the security authorities at Male International Airport. The perpetrator passed through security and certain prohibited items were detected and removed, but the knife went undetected. It was apparently concealed in a box containing bead garland used for saying prayers.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» E-mail David Savy (7-5-2007)
» Acts of Unlawful Interference - (1996-2004) / ICAO Aviation Security and Facilitation Branch (S&F)


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Distance from Mumbai-Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to Mahe Island-Seychelles International Airport as the crow flies is 3235 km (2022 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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