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Last updated: 25 September 2021
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Date:mardi 23 juillet 1968
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B704 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-458
Compagnie:El Al Israel Airlines
Immatriculation: 4X-ATA
Numéro de série: 18070/205
Année de Fabrication: 1961-04-14 (7 years 3 months)
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 10
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 41
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 51
Dégats de l'appareil: Aucun
Lieu de l'accident:Algiers-Dar el Beida Airport (ALG) (   Algérie)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), Italie
Aéroport de destination:Tel Aviv-Lod International Airport (TLV/LLBG), Israël
Numéro de vol:LY426
Détails:
El Al flight LY426 was hijacked by three men of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The aircraft, a Boeing 707-400, operated on a passenger service from London-Heathrow Airport, U.K., to Tel Aviv, Israel via Rome-Fiumicino Airport, Italy.
After takeoff one of the hijackers entered the flight deck, clubbed the copilot with the butt of his pistol and ordered the captain to fly to Algiers, Algeria. The other two hijackers threatened the passengers with pistols and hand grenades.
The following day, all non-Israeli passengers were released. Ten women and children were released over the weekend. The remaining 12 Israeli passengers, and the crew of 10 were held as hostages for the remainder of the hijacking.
The Israeli and Algerian governments negotiated the return of the hostages and plane through diplomatic channels. On August 31 everyone was released in exchange for 16 convicted Arab prisoners.
A French crew then flew the seized airplane to Rome the next day.

Sources:
» El Al Israel's Flying Star / by Marvin G. Goldman, pages 83 and 177.
» L'Unitá 24-7-1968


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Roma-Fiumicino Airport et Tel Aviv-Lod International Airport est de 2263 km (1414 miles).

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