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Last updated: 23 January 2022
Date:Monday 23 July 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-246B
Operator:Japan Air Lines - JAL
Registration: JA8109
MSN: 20503/180
First flight: 1972-02-15 (1 year 5 months)
Total airframe hrs:4203
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Benghazi-Benina International Airport (BEN) (   Libya)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands
Destination airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), United States of America
Flight 404 was hijacked by 4 men and a woman, shortly after leaving Amsterdam. The woman hijacker got killed in an accidental explosion of the explosive device she was carrying. The aircraft landed at Dubai and later took off for Damascus and Benghazi. All passengers and crew were released and the aircraft blown up.

Damaged on the ground

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photo of Boeing-747-246B-JA8109
accident date: 23-07-1973
type: Boeing 747-246B
registration: JA8109

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport to Anchorage International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 7147 km (4467 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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