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Last updated: 28 July 2021
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Date:Monday 7 March 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24V
Operator:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-AND
MSN: 77303301
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Varna Airport (VAR) (   Bulgaria)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF), Bulgaria
Destination airport:Varna Airport (VAR/LBWN), Bulgaria
Narrative:
Four hijackers armed with knives demanded to go to Turkey, however, the pilot tricked them into believing the plane was landing in Turkey by flying over the Black Sea in circles and landing at the partially darkened Varna Airport, Bulgaria after sunset. One of the hijackers was reportedly killed by on board security personnel when he threatened a stewardess with a knife.
The other three hijackers were arrested by the security personnel.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport to Varna Airport as the crow flies is 362 km (226 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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