Unlawful Interference Antonov An-24V LZ-AND, Monday 7 March 1983
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Date:Monday 7 March 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Antonov An-24V
Owner/operator:Balkan Bulgarian Airlines
Registration: LZ-AND
MSN: 77303301
Year of manufacture:1967
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:Varna Airport (VAR) -   Bulgaria
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Sofia-Vrazhdebna Airport (SOF/LBSF)
Destination airport:Varna Airport (VAR/LBWN)
Four hijackers armed with knives demanded to go to Austria, however, the pilot tricked them into believing the plane was landing in Austria by flying over the Black Sea in circles and landing at the partially darkened Varna Airport, Bulgaria after sunset. One of the hijackers was reportedly killed by on board security personnel when he threatened a stewardess with a knife.
The other three hijackers were arrested by the security personnel.


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