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Last updated: 29 January 2022
Date:Wednesday 12 September 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 727-230
Registration: D-ABFI
MSN: 20525/870
First flight: 1971-09-03 (8 years )
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Köln/Bonn Airport (CGN) (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Destination airport:Köln/Bonn Airport (CGN/EDDK), Germany
While en route a male passenger threatened the crew with what appeared to be a pistol. He demanded to speak to the Chancellor of Germany in the presence of news agency representatives.
Following 7 hours negotiation, he read a long statement by radio to authorities generally calling for a more humane world. He then released the passengers and four of the crew. After several additional hours of negotiation, he released the remaining crew and surrendered. The pistol was determined to be a plastic toy which resembled a real handgun.



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Distance from Frankfurt International Airport to Köln/Bonn Airport as the crow flies is 135 km (84 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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