Crash-aerien 23 FEB 1985 d'un Boeing 707-300 registration unknown - Beirut International Airport (BEY)
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Date:samedi 23 fvrier 1985
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-300
Compagnie:Middle East Airlines - MEA
Immatriculation: registration unknown
Numéro de série:
Année de Fabrication:
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord:
Passagers:victimes: 1 / à bord:
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 104
Dégats de l'appareil: Mineurs
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Beirut International Airport (BEY) (   Liban)
Phase de vol: En attente (STD)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Beirut International Airport (BEY/OLBA), Liban
Aéroport de destination:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Numéro de vol:ME711
An airport security guard hijacked a Middle East Airlines Boeing 707 aircraft at Beirut International Airport while the aircraft was boarding for a flight to Paris, France. Reportedly, armed with a pistol and 23 grenades, the hijacker went aboard the aircraft shortly after the 104 passengers had finished boarding and apparently ordered the passengers to leave the aircraft via the escape chutes. As the passengers were in the process of exiting, panic broke out among Lebanese forces and Amal militiamen who were there seeing off a couple of their people. An exchange of gun fire took place between the hijacker and the
security guards, puncturing one of the wing fuel tanks. The hijacker then ordered the pilot to rev up the engines, the exhaust of which caught the fleeing passengers, killing one and injuring thirteen others.
The hijacker forced the pilot to fly to Larnaca, Cyprus where the aircraft landed, took off and then returned. During the entire episode, the plane's two doors were open and the escape chutes dangling.
AIso, jet fuel was leaking from the punctured wing tank. Reportedly, the hijacker took control of the aircraft in an effort to obtain better pay for airport security personnel and as a revolt against the high cost of living in Lebanon. The hijacker's supervisor convinced him to return to Beirut and release the aircraft by promising him safety and investigation of his claims. Upon landing in Beirut, the hijacker exited the aircraft, entered a motor vehicle provided by authorities and left the area.


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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 Beirut International Airport et Paris-Orly Airport est de 3169 km (1980 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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