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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Friday 26 May 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK40 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-40
Operator:CSA Ceskoslovenské Aerolinie
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Engines: 3 Ivchenko AI-25
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 27
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Karlovy Vary Airport (KLV) (   Czech Republic)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Praha-Ruzyne International Airport (PRG/LKPR), Czech Republic
Destination airport:Karlovy Vary Airport (KLV/LKKV), Czech Republic
A Czechoslovakian male armed with a fake grenade hijacked a Czechoslovak YAK-40 commuter flight with 27 passengers during a flight between Prague and Karlovy Vary. The hijacker demanded the
pilot fly to a Western European country. A security guard overpowered the hijacker and the aircraft landed without incident. The hijacker received 13 years imprisonment.


» Criminal Acts against Civil Aviation: 1989 / FAA


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Praha-Ruzyne International Airport to Karlovy Vary Airport as the crow flies is 96 km (60 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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