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Date:mercredi 24 mai 1972
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B721 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-44
Compagnie:South African Airways - SAA
Immatriculation: ZS-SBE
Numéro de série: 18896/184
Année de Fabrication: 1976-09-10 (9 months)
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 50
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 55
Dégats de l'appareil: Inconnu
Lieu de l'accident:Blantyre-Chileka Airport (BLZ) (   Malawi)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Salisbury Airport (HRE/FVHA), Zimbabwe
Aéroport de destination:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB/FAJS), Afrique du Sud
The aircraft was hijacked by two male passengers, carrying dynamite and a hand gun.
They were having a dispute over diamonds with Anglo American, a mining company and planned to hijack the aircraft that was supposed to be used by an Anglo American employee to fly back to Johannesburg. Since this person was not on board, they hijacked the flight to Blantyre, Malawi where they demanded a meeting with the Anglo American chairman.
During a stand-off during the night, Malawian troops had deflated the aircraft's tires and the majority of the passengers escaped with the help of the captain. They hijackers the surrendered.
They were jailed for two years on a charge of being in possession of an undeclared firearm on board an aircraft. After serving one year of their sentence, they were released.

» Exclusive: SA's first hijacker talks to us (Dispatch, 1-5-2009)


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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 Salisbury Airport et Johannesburg International Airport est de 955 km (597 miles).

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