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Last updated: 25 October 2021
Date:Sunday 25 July 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin Il-18
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Shanghai (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Xian-Xiguan Airport (SIA/ZLXG), China
Destination airport:Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport (SHA/ZSSS), China
An Ilyushin 18 passenger plane was en route between Xian and Shanghai, China when five passengers brandished knives and an explosive device. The men demanded to be flown to Taiwan. They apparently agreed to go to Hong Kong when convinced there was not enough fuel to fly to Taiwan. Three stayed In the cabin and two in the cockpit. For over two hours the pilot flew in a wide circle to use up fuel. The copilot and navigator who were wounded in the take over were allowed to go to the rear of the plane to use the medical kit. While there, they organized two groups of passengers who severely beat and overpowered the hijackers. Two additional crew and three passenger were injured in the struggle.
During the incident, the explosive device was thrown and exploded. The explosion blew a hole In the fuselage but the cabin did not depressurize.
With at least two of the four engines out, due to lack of fuel, the aircraft landed at Shanghai.
The hijackers were taken into custody. They reportedly were in August 1982.


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Distance from Xian-Xiguan Airport to Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport as the crow flies is 1201 km (751 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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