Unlawful Interference McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 HB-IFM, Monday 17 April 1972
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Date:Monday 17 April 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32
Registration: HB-IFM
MSN: 45847/394
Year of manufacture:1968
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 20
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Category:Unlawful Interference
Location:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA) -   Italy
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG)
Destination airport:Roma-Fiumicino Airport (FCO/LIRF)
Swissair flight SR610 departed Genève-Cointrin Airport, Switzerland, at 07:20 hours on a flight to Rome, Italy.
About 07:55, a 30-year-old male passenger entered the cockpit of the DC-9 carrying a cigar box which he claimed was a bomb. He demanded to be flown to Argentina. The pilot diverted to flight to Rome's-Ciampino Airport, where the flight landed at 09:07.
After landing the hijacker descended the ventral stairs in order to speak to the U.S. ambassador. A police officer had posed as the ambassador and arrested the hijacker.


L'Unità, 18-4-1972
British Pathé
Nouvelliste, 18 April 1972

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