Unlawful Interference Boeing 727-200 , Monday 7 December 1981
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Date:Monday 7 December 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic B722 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 727-200
Owner/operator:Libyan Arab Airlines
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:Beirut International Airport (BEY) -   Lebanon
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH)
Destination airport:Tripoli International Airport (TIP/HLLT)
While en route, the hijackers armed with pistols and hand grenades demanded that the aircraft be flown to Beirut, Lebanon.
Officials blocked the runway but after a considerable period of flying in a holding pattern and unsuccessfully attempting to land without permission the aircraft was allowed to land. At Beirut, the hijackers demanded the release of Musa al-Sadr, a Lebanese-Iranian philosopher and Shi'a religious leader who disappeared while on a trip to Libya in August 1978. They also made other demands related to the release and return of their leader They shot a passenger in the foot and threatened to kill passengers and blow up the aircraft unless it was refueled. Reportedly two men boarded and joined the hijackers and three passengers were released prior to the aircraft's departure for
Athens. Greece. At Athens, they repeated their demands and received fuel and supplies They then flew to Rome. Italy. At Rome, the aircraft was refueled and again flew to Beirut where the runways were again blocked. Reportedly several hundred armed men of the Shiite Moslem militant group known as Amal forced the runway to be cleared and required the control tower to facilitate the aircraft's landing. After landing the aircraft was refueled and two terrorists deplaned while four more accomplices boarded. They next flew to Tehran, Iran where they repeated their demands and the aircraft was again refueled and resupplied. They returned to Beirut where after about four hours the hijackers deplaned. Three were taken into custody. The four who had joined the original hijackers on earlier stops were not detained.



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