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Last updated: 20 September 2021
Datum:dinsdag 23 juli 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic B704 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-458
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:El Al Israel Airlines
Registratie: 4X-ATA
Constructienummer: 18070/205
Bouwjaar: 1961-04-14 (7 years 3 months)
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 10
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 41
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 51
Schade: Geen
Plaats:Algiers-Dar el Beida Airport (ALG) (   Algerije)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF), ItaliŽ
Vliegveld van aankomst:Tel Aviv-Lod International Airport (TLV/LLBG), IsraŽl
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.

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


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Roma-Fiumicino Airport en Tel Aviv-Lod International Airport bedraagt 2263 km (1414 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkís 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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