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Last updated: 18 October 2021
Date:Tuesday 3 September 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-154
Operating for:Hemus Air
Leased from:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 150
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 158
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Oslo-Gardermoen Airport (GEN) (   Norway)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Destination airport:Varna Airport (VAR/LBWN), Bulgaria
The Tu-154 was hijacked by Palestinian male who demanded to be taken to Norway. It landed at Varna Airport at 15:32 were the plane was refueled. Following negotiations, the hijacker also agreed to free the 150 passengers on board. At 18:07 the plane was refuelled and took off for Oslo with the hijacker and the Bulgarian crew on board. In Oslo the hijacker surrendered and asked for political asylum.


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Distance from Beirut International Airport to Varna Airport as the crow flies is 1231 km (770 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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