Unlawful Interference Boeing 737-270C YI-AGJ, Thursday 25 December 1986
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Date:Thursday 25 December 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-270C
Owner/operator:Iraqi Airways
Registration: YI-AGJ
MSN: 21183/446
Year of manufacture:1976
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15
Fatalities:Fatalities: 63 / Occupants: 106
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:near Arar -   Saudi Arabia
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Baghdad-Saddam International Airport (SDA/ORBS)
Destination airport:Amman-Queen Alia International Airport (AMM/OJAI)
Iraqi Airways Flight 163, a Boeing 737-200 with 91 passengers and 15 crewmembers and security officers, was on a scheduled flight from Baghdad, Iraq, to Amman, Jordan.
About 55 minutes into the flight, while entering Saudi Arabian airspace at FL260 (8000 m), four hijackers tried to enter the cockpit. When Iraqi Airways security personnel tried to intervene, a hand grenade was thrown into the passenger cabin.
An emergency descent was initiated immediately. As the aircraft was descending through FL160, a hand grenade exploded in the cockpit. Approaching Arar, control was lost and the aircraft crash-landed, broke in two and caught fire.


Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1986 / U.S. Department of Transport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security
Aviation Letter 243


  • 8th worst accident in 1986
  • 26th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 7th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Hossi; Arar; 25 December 1986

photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Budapest-Ferihegy Airport (BUD); 13 September 1985

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