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Last updated: 21 January 2022
Date:Tuesday 12 March 1974
Type:Silhouette image of generic B74R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747SR-46 ?
Operator:Japan Air Lines - JAL
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 406
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 423
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Okinawa-Naha Airport (OKA) (   Japan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tokyo-Haneda Airport (HND/RJTT), Japan
Destination airport:Okinawa-Naha Airport (OKA/ROAH), Japan
An 18-year old Japanese man demanding nearly $56 million, most of it in $1,000 bills, to study biology and geology hijacked Japan Air Lines flight 903.
He carried a black satchel which he insinuated contained a bomb or weapons. Police said after his arrest that the bag contained 16,000 yen, an airline ticket, a bottle of vitamins, a sweater and a pair of trousers.
After seven hours police disguised as airport workers arrested the man.


» Pacific Stars and Stripes March 14, 1974


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Distance from Tokyo-Haneda Airport to Okinawa-Naha Airport as the crow flies is 1544 km (965 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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