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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Datum:Mittwoch 28 Oktober 1998
Flugzeugtyp:Boeing 737
Fluggesellschaft:Air China
Kennzeichen: registration unknown
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 9
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 94
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 103
Sachschaden: nicht beschädigt
Unfallort:Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE) (   Taiwan)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Beijing-Capital International Airport (PEK/ZBAA), Volksrepublik China
Flug nach:Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield (KMG/ZPPP), Volksrepublik China
Air China flight 905 was diverted by its pilot to Taiwan during a flight from Beijing to Kunming. The Boeing 737 aircraft was carrying nine crew members and 94 passengers, including the pilot’s wife and child. The pilot reportedly made the diversion because of his dissatisfaction with his life on mainland China. The Taiwanese government dispatched four air force fighters to intercept and follow the plane to Taipei’s Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport. The pilot, upon landing, then surrendered to Taiwanese officials without incident. On December 8 Taiwanese prosecutors indicted the pilot on hijacking-related charges, which carry a maximum penalty of death.

» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1998 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Beijing-Capital International Airport to Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield as the crow flies is 2101 km (1313 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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