Unlawful Interference Boeing 757-260 , Monday 25 April 1994
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Date:Monday 25 April 1994
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B752 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 757-260
Owner/operator:Ethiopian Airlines
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Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 148
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:Sana'a International Airport (SAH) -   Yemen
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED/OEJN)
Destination airport:Djibouti Airport (JIB/HDAM)
Narrative:
An Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 757 aircraft, en route from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, was hijacked as it approached Djibouti for a scheduled stop. The hijacker, an Ethiopian man, reportedly used a toy revolver to storm the cockpit and demand that the flight, which had 148 passengers on board, be diverted to London. Authorities in Djibouti refused to allow the plane to land, and it was diverted to Sanaa, Yemen, where it circled for two hours before landing rights were authorized. The hijacker released the passengers, but he continued to hold the pilot and co-pilot hostage for a period of three hours before surrendering to Yemeni authorities. The hijacker was a lieutenant in the Ethiopian Army and intended to ask for political asylum in London.

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