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Air France Hijack In 1994

Tue Apr 25, 2000 7:18 pm

I saw a camera footage of an Air France hijack which happened in 1994 and how the French SWAT team (do they call it GIGN?) stormed it. Is the plane still in use? They threw two or three grenades into the cockpit so it must have been pretty messy after that. The plane looked like a B767.
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RE: Air France Hijack In 1994

Tue Apr 25, 2000 7:39 pm

The french special police forces named GIGN (groupement d'intervention de la gendarmerie nationale); it was a A300 (with 3 pilots) on a flight from Alger to Paris, and their was a very big hole in the cockpit glas, but I don't remember any other damages to the plane. I think it has been repeared, but is it still in use in AF? I don't know...
Some algerians hijackers were killed but no PAX or crew.
After this tragedy, AF flights beetwen Alger and Paris were suspended for a few years.

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RE: Air France Hijack In 1994

Tue Apr 25, 2000 10:09 pm

As far as i know that a300 crached at marseiles (killing all onboard) some months after the hijacking.

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Are You Sure Of That?

Tue Apr 25, 2000 10:20 pm

I don't remember this at all... Do you have more precisions?
PS: the hijack took place in Marseilles.

RE: Air France Hijack In 1994

Tue Apr 25, 2000 10:34 pm

I don't know if that AF'A300 is always flying, but I'm sure there was absolutely no A300 crash in Marseilles.
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RE: Air France Hijack In 1994

Tue Apr 25, 2000 10:50 pm

Hello everyone  
First, what tg 747-300 stated is totally false. The A300 didn't crash at Marseille (killing all onboard) some months after the hijacking because
1-The aircraft was a total write off and was withdrawn from service as the flight deck was totally destroyed. I have magazine pictures of it where you can see it full of blood and bullet impact. All hijackers, 5 of them, were killed by the GIGN. No fatalities within the crew apart for injuries. The copilot was the worst touched as he just jumped from the flightdeck and broke both legs an ran for meters.
I recently flew to Tokyo with one of the stewards that was on the flight. He held the door while one of the hijackers killed a hostage.
3 passengers died during the hijacking that took place on Christmas day. The first to be killed was an Algerian police officer, the second one was a vietnamese businessman and the third one was the french embassy's Chef, who was french.
The algerian governmant insisted to keep the plane on its soil and show the world that they can solve the problem. The french government tried to have the plane come back to its homeland to solve the problem. To no success, until the killing of the french cook occured and then our Prime minister called the algerians and told them that was it the airplane had to come home and that from then we would deal with the situation.
The terrorist's plan was to blow up the plane over Paris.
Ia Maitai to tatou tere !
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RE: Air France Hijack In 1994

Tue Apr 25, 2000 11:17 pm

I must continue the story.
So the terrorists plan was to have the airplane fly to Paris and have it blown up over the French capital.
The airplane was sort of forced to land by the people dealing with the hijacking in France. They told the pilot to land in Marseille to fake a refuel.
The GIGN was flown to MRS as well as Christian Blanc, our then CEO in an AF A310.
The hijackers were very tough and the team dealing with them were counting on attacking when they would be tired, that why it was done in the early morning of the day. They stormed the aircraft and killed the hijackers.
All passengers were evacuated by the slides.
Air France wrote off the plane, and only 3 of the cabin crew are still working for AF, the other ones have left us for obvious psychological reasons.
One of the female flight attendants wrote a book about what happened. It is very simple to read, in french but very emotional sometimes, a full book about what happened during these long hours, when the hijackers forced all the women to wear the "tchador", that scarf wrapped around the head, the bombs layed around the plane, walking on top of the dead passenger's corpses to go and get the water and food delivered by the catering...

A sad page of the Air France history.

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AF Cabin Crew

Wed Apr 26, 2000 3:08 am

Thanks for your report, AF Cabin Crew.

I saw the pictures of the rescue operation on TV and it must have been terrible moments for the passengers and crew on board. My respects go out to the brave GIGN team!

We can only hope that this never happens again.

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RE: Air France Hijack In 1994

Wed Apr 26, 2000 3:48 am

Hello everbody,

Three things that need to be added to the brilliant summary of AF Cabin Crew.

First is that the whole scene was filmed from the terminal, despite obvious security reasons and we had all the images live or slightly delayed. It was pretty impressive. The assault took place around 8PM, just at the beginning of the news on TV.

Second, the copilot jumped from the cockpit and did a pretty impressive stall to the concrete. He then ran with one or two broken legs to the movable stairs used by the GIGN and then gave them vital information about where the hijackers were, especially since one was hiding behind the cockpit's door.

Third and last, I think one of the member of the GIGN was injured during the operation.

Respect to all of the actors of this drama (but the bad ones of course).

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RE: Air France Hijack In 1994

Wed Apr 26, 2000 5:10 pm

Thanks for so much information about the hijack. Pity about that plane.....

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