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Last updated: 24 September 2021
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Date:Saturday 10 January 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24V
Operator:LOT Polskie Linie Lotnicze
Registration: SP-LTB
MSN: 67302205
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW) (   Poland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport (KTW/EPKT), Poland
Destination airport:Warszawa-Okecie Airport (WAW/EPWA), Poland
Narrative:
In the early evening about 10 minutes before landing, four hijackers carrying sticks of dynamite demanded to be flown to a western
country. They were convinced by the crew that it would be necessary to land and refuel before flying beyond Warsaw. After about an hours negotiation on the ground all passengers and crew except the pilot and a flight attendant were permitted to deplane. The hijackers were then convinced that it would be easier to switch to another aircraft instead of refueling the aircraft they were on. As the hijackers moved from one aircraft to the other, they were overpowered and taken into custody by Polish authorities.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Miklos Szabo


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Distance from Katowice-Pyrzowice Airport to Warszawa-Okecie Airport as the crow flies is 228 km (142 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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