Unlawful Interference Boeing 737-2R8C 5H-ATC, Friday 26 February 1982
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Date:Friday 26 February 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-2R8C
Owner/operator:Air Tanzania
Registration: 5H-ATC
MSN: 21710/546
Year of manufacture:1978
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-17
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 104
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:Nairobi, Jeddah, Athens, London-Stansted -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Mwanza Airport (MWZ/HTMW)
Destination airport:Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR/HTDA)
The Air Tanzania flight bound for Dar es Salaam (DAR) was hijacked by five passengers. They forced it to land at Nairobi (NBO), Kenya. Five passengers were released and the Boeing 737 was refueled. After nearly six hours on the ground, the airplane took off at 12:15 am. The flight was refueled at Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and continued to Athens, Greece. In Athens two passengers were released. The flight continued to London-Stansted (STN).
The hijackers demanded to speak to exiled Tanzanian opposition politician Oscar Kambona. After he spoke to them as they demanded, the hijackers surrendered February 28.
The weapons used by the hijackers to secure control of the aircraft included: two wooden imitation pistols, an imitation hand grenade, two candles wrapped up to appear like gelignite explosive sticks and three knives. But in the course of the flight possession was obtained of a hand gun (0.38 revolver), a shot gun and a rifle. These weapons belonged to passengers who had surrendered them to the captain of the plane in accordance with the regulations on the transportation of arms on aircraft.


The hijacking of a Tanzanian aircraft

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