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Last updated: 17 October 2021
Date:samedi 2 mai 1981
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-248C
Compagnie:Aer Lingus
Immatriculation: EI-ASD
Numéro de série: 20219/208
Année de Fabrication: 1969-09-26 (11 years 7 months)
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord:
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord:
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 113
Dégats de l'appareil: Aucun
Lieu de l'accident:Le Touquet Airport (LTQ) (   France)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW), Irlande
Aéroport de destination:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), Royaume Uni
Numéro de vol:EI164
While descending towards London-Heathrow, a former Trappist monk went into the toilet and doused himself in petrol. The 55-year-old Australian named Laurence James Downey hijacked the aircraft, which diverted to Le Touquet in France.
The hijacker was obsessed with the so-called Third Secret of Fátima. In 1917 Our Lady of Fátima is said to have appeared before three Portuguese children and shared with them three secrets. At the time of the hijacking, the third secret was known only to the Pope and other senior figures in the Catholic Church. The hijacker called on the Vatican to release this secret to the public.
After an eight-hour standoff, during which time 11 were released, French special forces stormed the plane and apprehended Downey. No shots were fired and nobody was injured. In February 1983, the hijacker was sentenced to five years imprisonment for air piracy.

» Wikipedia: Aer Lingus flight 164
» ’81 plane hijacker reveals Fatima obsession
» Tony Doyle`(E-mail 13 Feb 2016)


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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 Dublin Airport et London-Heathrow Airport est de 446 km (278 miles).

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