Unlawful Interference Boeing 747 , Saturday 22 October 1988
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Date:Saturday 22 October 1988
Time:
Type:Boeing 747
Owner/operator:Iran Air
Registration:
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR) -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Wien-Schwechat International Airport (VIE/LOWW)
Destination airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF)
Narrative:
Iran Air flight IR723 from Tehran to Vienna, Austria and Frankfurt, Germany, was hijacked by two passengers, armed with a knife and hand gun.
The aircraft was hijacked about half an hour before it was due to land at Vienna at 07:10 UTC. The flight crew then reported to the Vienna ATC that they were diverting to London because of (unconfirmed) bad weather at Vienna and Frankfurt.
Meanwhile a security guards came down from the upper deck and overpowered the hijackers.
The flight continued to Frankfurt after 45 minutes on the ground at London-Heathrow.

Sources:

Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1988 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security
The Observer 6-11-1988

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