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Last updated: 31 July 2021
Date:Tuesday 21 July 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24V
Operator:LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze
Registration: SP-LTI
MSN: 67302506
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Berlin-Tempelhof Airport (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport (KTW/EPKT), Poland
Destination airport:Gdansk-Rebiechowo Airport (GDN/EPGD), Poland
About 5 minutes after departing Katowice the hijacker, armed with a pistol and what was later determined to be a dummy hand grenade, threatened a flight attendant and demanded to be flown to West Berlin. The aircraft landed at Tempelhof Airport. The hijacker was taken into custody by U.S. authorities and a short time later was turned over the German authorities
in West Berlin. Sentenced in West Berlin to 5 years in prison for air piracy.


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport to Gdansk-Rebiechowo Airport as the crow flies is 433 km (271 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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