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Last updated: 9 December 2021
Datum:Sonntag 4 Juli 1993
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic F28 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-28 Fellowship 3000
Fluggesellschaft:Royal Swazi National Airways
Kennzeichen: 3D-ALN
Werknummer: 11136
Baujahr: 1978-06-26 (15 years )
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 6
Sachschaden: nicht beschädigt
Unfallort:Johannesburg-Jan Smuts Airport (JNB) (   Südafrika)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Maputo International Airport (MPM/FQMA), Mosambik
Flug nach:Manzini International Airport (MTS/FDMS), Eswatini
A Royal Swazi National Airways Corporation Fokker F-28 aircraft, en route from Maputo (MPM), Mozambique, to Manzini (MTS), Eswatini, carrying two passengers and four crew members, was hijacked by a Mozambican who was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle and who demanded to be taken to Australia. When the pilot informed the hijacker that Australia was beyond the aircraft's flying range, the hijacker demanded to fly to Lesotho but later redirected the flight to Johannesburg, South Africa, where the aircraft was to be refueled and flown to Mauritius.
While the aircraft was in flight, the hijacker, who was intoxicated, fired three shots and struck the pilot and copilot with the butt of his rifle. When the aircraft landed at Jan Smuts International Airport in Johannesburg, the hijacker released two crew members. After two hours of negotiating with the hijacker, security forces stormed the aircraft and in the exchange of gunfire the hijacker, pilot, and a passenger were wounded. The hijacker, wanted by authorities for the murders of two policemen, reportedly smuggled his rifle aboard the aircraft in a large shoulder bag.

» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1993 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


photo of Fokker-F-283000-3D-ALN
accident date: 04-07-1993
type: Fokker F-28 Fellowship 3000
registration: 3D-ALN
photo of Fokker-F-283000-3D-ALN
accident date: 04-07-1993
type: Fokker F-28 Fellowship 3000
registration: 3D-ALN

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 Maputo International Airport to Manzini International Airport as the crow flies is 143 km (89 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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