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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Saturday 16 December 1989
Type:Boeing 747
Operator:Air China
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 223
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Fukuoka Airport (FUK) (   Japan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport (SHA/ZSSS), China
Destination airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
The Air China flight was hijacked by a Chinese man who demanded to be flown to South Korea. Permission to land there was refused and the flight eventually diverted to Fukuoka (FUK), Japan. The hijacked was shoved out the door by a crew member.


» Criminal Acts against Civil Aviation: 1989 / FAA


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Distance from Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport to San Francisco International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 9841 km (6151 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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