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Hijacking description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Saturday 17 June 2006
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-800
Operator:South African Airways - SAA
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: None
Location:Cape Town International Airport (CPT) (   South Africa)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:Cape Town International Airport (CPT/FACT), South Africa
Destination airport:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB/FAJS), South Africa
Narrative:
A 21-year old Zimbabwean student, allegedly tried to hijack the flight by forcing his way into the cockpit armed with a hypodermic needle. He was overpowered by passengers, including an off-duty Captain, and crew. The student wanted to force the flight to divert to Maputo.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» Hijack suspect to appear in court amid concern over airport safety (Business Day 19-6-2006)


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Distance from Cape Town International Airport to Johannesburg International Airport as the crow flies is 1267 km (792 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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