ASN Aircraft accident Tupolev Tu-154M RA-85619 Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED)
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Date:Thursday 15 March 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic T154 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Tupolev Tu-154M
Operator:Vnukovo Airlines
Registration: RA-85619
MSN: 86A738
First flight: 1986
Engines: 3 Soloviev D-30KU-154-II
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 162
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 174
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport (MED) (   Saudi Arabia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey
Destination airport:Moskva (unknown airport), Russia
Three Chechen hijackers took control of the aircraft. The aircraft was flown to Medina, Saudi Arabia. The next day negotiators succeeded in securing the release of 47 hostages, mainly women and children, and the stewardess who was stabbed during the initial minutes of the hijack. Later that day authorities decided to storm the plane, after the hijackers threatened to blow up the airplane, and demanded it be refuelled for a suspected flight to Afghanistan.
The plane was later renamed "Yulia Fomina" after the stewardess killed by hijackers.


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