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Last updated: 25 October 2021
Date:Friday 15 November 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 757-25C
Operator:Xiamen Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 171
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Xiamen Airport (XMN) (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport (CAN/ZGGG), China
Destination airport:Xiamen Airport (XMN/ZSAM), China
A Chinese man, who reportedly was upset because his wife had left him and run off with their savings, hijacked a domestic Xiamen Airlines flight. The aircraft, with 171 passengers and crew on board, was en route to Xiamen from Guangzhou when the hijacker announced that he was in possession of explosives and demanded to be flown to Taiwan. The pilot agreed to divert the plane but continued to fly to Xiamen. Crew members and passengers subsequently overpowered the hijacker, and the flight landed safely in Xiamen where the hijacker was taken into custody.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1996 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport to Xiamen Airport as the crow flies is 514 km (321 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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