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Last updated: 24 July 2021
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Date:Sunday 6 August 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Operator:KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Registration: PH-DNS
MSN: 47168/423
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 63
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Barcelona (   Spain)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands
Destination airport:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), Spain
Narrative:
A hijacker armed with toy pistol and alleged explosives forced his way into the cockpit and demanded to be taken to Algiers, Algeria.
While the aircraft was over the Mediterranean Sea, a crewmember and three male passengers stormed the cockpit and overpowered the hijacker. The aircraft landed at Barcelona, Spain, where the hijacker was taken into custody. No explosives were discovered. Hijacker was extradited to the Netherlands.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» El País 8-8-1978


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Distance from Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport to Madrid-Barajas Airport as the crow flies is 1448 km (905 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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