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Date:Monday 9 June 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-2Y5
Operator:Air Malta
Registration: 9H-ABF
MSN: 23848/1418
First flight: 1987-07-10 (9 years 11 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 74
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 80
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Köln/Bonn Airport (CGN) (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
Destination airport:Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport (IST/LTBA), Turkey
Twenty minutes after takeoff, the aircraft was hijacked by two men. One of the men went into the cockpit and showed the pilot what looked like sticks of dynamite strapped to his chest. They demanded to be taken to Cologne, Germany. The hijackers demanded the release of Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca, who at the time was serving a life sentence in Italy after trying to assassinate Pope John Paul II in 1981. However three hours after landing, the men surrendered. German police found no explosives on the aircraft.


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Distance from Malta-Luqa Airport to Istanbul-Atatürk International Airport as the crow flies is 1362 km (851 miles).

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