Unlawful Interference Boeing 737-266 SU-AYH, Sunday 24 November 1985
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Date:Sunday 24 November 1985
Time:20:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-266
Owner/operator:EgyptAir
Registration: SU-AYH
MSN: 21191/450
Year of manufacture:1976
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Fatalities:Fatalities: 60 / Occupants: 98
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA) -   Malta
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT)
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA)
Narrative:
On November 23, at 19:35 the EgyptAir Boeing 737 was hijacked by 3 men. The Egyptian security guard who was onboard shot and killed one of the hijackers before being shot and wounded himself, along with two flight attendants. Although the hijackers demanded to be flown to Tunisia or Libya, they agreed to land at Malta for refueling were it landed at 21:15. At Malta, the two wounded cabin crew members were released, along with 11 women. Because Maltese authorities refused to refuel the plane unless all passengers were released, the hijackers threatened to kill a passenger every 10 minutes. A total of 5 additional people were shot and thrown off the aircraft, two of them were killed.
After 22 hours of negotiation the plane was stormed by Egyptian forces. In the fight which followed hand grenades were thrown into the passenger cabin, causing a fire.

Sources:

Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA

Statistics

  • 10th worst accident in 1985
  • 27th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 7th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Milano-Malpensa Airport (MXP); May 1977

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