KLMBLue
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Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 9:13 am

I am doing a report on terrorism for school, and one of the topics is hijacking. So I was wondering what the most famous, or largest hijacking was(in relation to planes size or amount of people on the airplane) If anyone can help, thanks alot!
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 9:19 am

What about the "Indian Airlines" A300 that remained for a week or so in Afghanistan in 2000.

Or "Ariana Afghan" in London in 2000 as well.
These might not be the largest, but they are the most recent.
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 9:24 am

One of the most famous has to be the case of D.B. Cooper. He hijacked a Northwest Orient 727 and then parachuted out of the rear stair case. They never found him but did find some of the money he was paid as a trade for the passengers.
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 9:27 am

In terms of famous hijackings (or hijack-ER's), D B Cooper immediately comes to mind.
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 10:03 am

Remember TWA Flight 847 in 1985? It was flying from ATH to FCO and was forced to fly to Beirut and Algiers.
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KLMBLue
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 10:34 am

Thanks so much! I will include all of it in my report!
KLM
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 10:41 am

The idiot that robbed everyone and jumped from the Phillipine Airlines A-330.
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 10:47 am

Yes, TWA Flight 847 was the most famous I think, hell a movie was even based on it "The taking of Flight 847", a FA named Uli Direckson? was made out to be a hero of that flight, I also know that the captain of flight 847 (John Testrake?) passed away awhile back.
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 11:26 am

the Dawson's Field hijackings must be the largest.

A total of 4 aircraft: 1x BOAC VC-10, 1x TWA 707-320, 1x Swissair Dc-8 and 1x PanAm 747-100 were hijacked on the same day by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
the DC-8, 707 and VC-10 were flown to an ex-RAF field (called Dawsons Field) in the desert of Jordan. They were then unloaded and blown up.
the 747 was flown to 1st Amman then Cairo where it too was destroyed.
an ElAl 707 was also attempted but the hijacking failed.


Other notables:

the Air France A300 to Entebbe
TWA 847, which besides being the basis for the movie mentioned before, also had an effect on the 1st Delta Force Movie's script.
The PSA 727 to Havana via Dallas and Tampa
the Continental 707 at Denver that was shot up with 2500 bullet holes to keep it on the ground (note this plane was later destroyed by a bomb in the aft lav, and was called the "Lemon 7")

i mean the list is endless...
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 11:32 am

An SIA A310-200 was hijacked by Pakistani terrorists on it's way from KUL to SIN.

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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 11:45 am

D.B. Cooper by far.
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 2:01 pm

The KLM-747-200 named the Mississppi. the plane hyad also served with America West. Now all that remains is the cockpit section as well as part of the upperdeck and the First class section. The rest was scrapped in 1996.
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 2:25 pm

Don't forget to include this, the hijacking of a MAS 737-200 in, I think late-70s or 80s, where the stupid hijacker forced the airliner to fly somewhere far, and made the jet ran out of fuel and crash, killing all onboard, including the hijacker.
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 2:51 pm

By far it was when the Air France A300 was hijacked by Palestinians in 1972 (if i remember correctly) while en route from Tel Aviv to Paris and flown to Uganda. It was there for a few days and all the passengers except Jews were released. After it was obvious there was no political solution a large group of Israeli commandos got on 4 C-130s and flew from Israel all the way to Uganda (staying under radar the whole way) where they got into a large gunfight with the terrorists and Ugandan army. They got out with all the passengers except one that was killed in the crossfire and another that was taken to a hospital the day before with the flu (she was never seen again  Sad ). All the IDF soldiers made it out except Yonotan Netanyahu (Benjamin Netanyahu's brother).

For more info on that do a search for:
Operation Thunderbolt
Operation Jonathan or
Operation Yonotan

D.B. Cooper was pretty amazing too.

 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 3:12 pm

the lh 737 in 1976/1977 which with hijack ending in mogadishu (sp?) after the FO was shot and killed comes to mind

as does the 767 (cannot recall the carrier) that was hijacked only a few years back, ran out of kerosene and 'watered' / crashed next to the tourist resort - i believe there even is some video footage on that one...
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 6:21 pm

The 767 was an Ethiopian Airlines plane, and crashed off the Comoros Islands, killing around 70% of those on board (including the hijackers).
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 8:21 pm

Thanks so much!
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 10:32 pm

I also think the hijacking of Lufthansa 737-200 in 1977 or 1978 was one of well known story, too. I think they were hijacked for 3 or 4 days till the german armies finally stormed into aircraft and arrest all hijackers and one hijacker was killed, too. And I think one passenger was killed during hijacking too.

 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Mon Mar 12, 2001 10:43 pm

The great: Executive Decision, the movie.


Air force one, the movie!!


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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Tue Mar 13, 2001 5:28 am

Sorry guys DB Cooper wins..........

I had forgotten about the rest.
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Wed Mar 14, 2001 3:17 am

Air France A300 was hijacked to Entebbe in 1976. The terrorists boarded in Athens.
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Wed Mar 14, 2001 4:34 am

a (frightening) statistic : The most hijacked airline in the world has got to be Indian Airlines (IC) with 13 FULL FLEDGED hijackings from 1953 till date, all by foreign mercenaries.

One of the most outrageous was when an IC Fokker F27 "Ganga" was hijacked to a neighbouring country, and then blown up in full view of television cameras.

The latest of course was that of the IC Airbus A300 hijacked to Pakistan and later Afghanistan, once again by foreign mercenaries.
 
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RE: IndianGuy

Wed Mar 14, 2001 5:26 am


Roy,

what do you mean with "full fledged"? I don´t intend to start a pissing contest, but e.g. Lufthansa had 13 as well (9 during the turbulent 70s). By the way,
http://aviation-safety.net/database/hijackings/index.html
lists 16 IC hijacks.

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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Wed Mar 14, 2001 5:32 am


Oh, and, Roy, concerning that F27, I find every hijack with fatalities far more "outrageous" than this one. This is not to attack you, like you I find every single hijack a despisable cowardly act, I just wanted to point out that the F27 accident had a relatively happy ending, compared to others: better the a/c is blown up than a passenger.

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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Wed Mar 14, 2001 5:42 am

"Oh, and, Roy, concerning that F27, I find every hijack with fatalities far more "outrageous" than this one. "

What the hell? We are ranking fatalities by their "outrageousness" now?

They are all outrageous
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Wed Mar 14, 2001 5:43 am

Sorry Airsicknessbag, I misread the message and replied too soon  Sad. Please accept my apology.
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Wed Mar 14, 2001 7:18 am

Thanks so much, I never knew I would get this kind of repsonse!! I will use most, if not all in the presentation. Thanks again!
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Wed Mar 14, 2001 5:36 pm

What about that lady, Sohaila Andrawes. Anyone heared of her?

Or mabye the Guy who hijacked a Braathens 737-200 at Oslo-Fornebu in the 80s and decided to give up if the police could supply him with a bag of beer. He actualy did, and nobody were hurt.

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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Wed Mar 14, 2001 10:17 pm


>> What about that lady, Sohaila Andrawes. Anyone heared of her?

Doesn´t she live in Norway at the m,oment?

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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Thu Mar 15, 2001 5:36 pm

Does she? I know she was sentenced here or something, but I think she went back to where ever she came from. I know she and 3/4 others hijacked a Lufthansa plane. What type was it?

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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Fri Mar 16, 2001 12:25 am


It somehow rings a bell Thomas. Something about a big controversy whether to extradite her or not. I don´t really remember, but should not have benn too long ago.
It was the six day hijacking of the "Landshut" (city in Bavaria), an LH 737-230 D-ABCE. Took place in October 77 on a flight PMI-FRA which was diverted to Rome, Cyprus, Bahrain, Aden and Mogadiscio. In Aden the captain was shot dead. The last leg Aden-Mogascio had to be flown with extended gear because of a VERY hard landing in Aden. In Mogadiscio an elite force of the German Federal Border Patrol killed 3 hijackers and freed all remaining pax unharmed. 82 pax, 5 crew, 4 scum.
By the way, this was in order to support a Commando of the Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF, German left wing terrorists) who had kidnapped the President of the German Federation of Employers´ Associations, Hanns-Martin Schleyer in order to free 11 of their accomplices from German prisons. After the Landshut had been stormed those guys committed suicide; a day later Mr. Schleyer was found murdered in France. So you see, the political implications of this hijack had a much greater impact than just a hijack. By the way, this elite force, the GSG9, had been founded in the wake of the failed attempt to free the Israeli hostages during the 1972 Munich Olympics were all hostages and a police officer had been killed.
The a/c flew for Lufthansa until the mid-nineties before it was retired as one of the last 732. This is the only photo of her on this site, unfortunately not in LH colours:
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An interesting side notice: This very a/c had been Lufthansa´s "postcard 737" (when they get a new type, they shoot some pix of one of the planes and use these pix for years to come, as postcards, ads etc. So every official picture of an LH plane is always the same). After the incident, Landshut pictures were shelved and a new series was shot.

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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Fri Mar 16, 2001 1:05 am

You all forgot the longest ever hijacking drama in aviation history(listed in the Guiness book of world records)when a PIA 720B was hijacked while operating a domestic leg Karachi-Peshawar in March 1981, the aircraft was flown to Kabul in Afghanistan where a passenger was shot dead and the women and children passengers plus stewardesses were released except for one stewardess who opted to stay onboard with the rest of the hostages(she recieved a heroes welcome by the then President Gen. Ziaul Haq on returning home with the hostages on the same aircraft at Peshawar), the aircraft was later flown to the Syrian capital Damascus where the drama ended after somedays, the hijackers had demanded the release of some political prisoners who were also notorious for their connections with a terrorist organisation set up by the sons of the overthrown and later executed PM of Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto (Benazir's father), the whole episode lasted fourteen days and the hostages remained onboard the aircraft through out this period Smile

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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Fri Mar 16, 2001 2:20 am

I agree: the AF A300 diverted to Entebe; Dawson's Field; the Ethiopian Airlines crasehd in the Indic Ocean and the TWA's 727 in the 80's.
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Fri Mar 16, 2001 4:10 am

How about the World's first ever reported hijacking, on a Catalina, owned by Cathay Pacific, but leased to Macau Air Transport (I believe). The hijacker shot the pilot causing the aircraft to crash killling everyone but himself!! He was arrested, taken to China then mysteriously 'vanished'!!
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Fri Mar 16, 2001 4:44 am

AIRMALE ..you are WRONG......the TWA hijacking (Flight 847) was 17 days in June of 1985 ...I think you need to get better information ... check your facts please.

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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Sat Mar 17, 2001 6:47 pm

TWA_PHX PIA's was the longest in that the hostages remained on board the aircraft throughout the fourteen day period, in TWA's case they were taken off the aircraft and moved to a location on land which does change the status of it from a hijacking just a bit Smile
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Wed Mar 21, 2001 8:57 pm

KLMBlue there was also the 1986 hijacking of a NewYork bound Pan Am 747 in Karachi, in which the Cockpit crew escaped from the aircraft leaving more than 300 passengers and crew at the mercy of armed gunmen who later opened fire on them killing many.
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 12:10 am

How about the Air Force One Hijaking back in 1996? Remeber, back then actor Harrison Ford for was the president, and Glen Close was the Secritary of State. The President was on the plane with about 40 other people, including his familly. They were flying over Russia when suddenly, a group has terrorists that had entered the plane hijacked the plane, because they wanted a Russian Prisiner freed!

Well anyway, the prisiner was killed, so where the hijakers. One of the Presidents companions betrayed him, but he died too when the plane crashed. President Harrison Ford was saved right before the plane crashed into the ocean, along with his familly.
 
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RE: Most Famous Hijackings?

Thu Mar 22, 2001 1:59 am

Yes, President Ford did a good job there didn't he?

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