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Last updated: 25 November 2020
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Date:Monday 13 October 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-2F2
Operator:Türk Hava Yollari - THY
Registration: TC-JBJ
C/n / msn: 20983/1088
First flight: 1974-11-18 (5 years 11 months)
Engines: 3 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 149
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 156
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Diyarbakir Airport (DIY) (   Turkey)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey
Destination airport:Ankara-Esenboga Airport (ESB/LTAC), Turkey
Narrative:
Four hijackers brandished pistols carried aboard in hollowed-out books and commandeered the aircraft shortly after leaving Istanbul. They demanded to be flown to Tehran, Iran but were told this was not possible. They then demanded to be flown to Jeddah, Saudia Arabia. The aircraft landed at Diyarbakir, Turkey to refuel. During negotiations 55 passengers were released. After several hours Turkish soldiers broke through the rear door boarded and assaulted up the aisle firing rifles and pistols.
The hijackers were overpowered. Reportedly one passenger was killed and ten others were wounded including one hijacker, two crew members and seven other passengers.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» The Nashua Telegraph - Oct 14, 1980
» Abdullah Nergiz (E-mail, 30-6-2010)


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Distance from Istanbul-Yesilköy Airport to Ankara-Esenboga Airport as the crow flies is 363 km (227 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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