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Last updated: 17 September 2021
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Date:Tuesday 10 March 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov An-24V
Operator:Interflug
Registration: DM-SBD
MSN: 67302210
First flight: 1965
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF) (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Berlin-Schönefeld Airport (SXF/EDDB), Germany
Destination airport:Leipzig Airport (LEJ/EDDP), Germany
Narrative:
A male and a female passenger on board a domestic Interflug flight in East Germany attempted to hijack the flight, to flee to West Germany.
Both hijackers drew pistols, threatening the flight attendant to open the door to the cockpit. The flight attendant warned the pilot over the interphone using a secret code, so the flight crew kept the door locked. The hijackers attempted to break down the door while the flight crew turned back to Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. The flight attendant tricked the hijackers into believing that they had to make a refueling stop at Tempelhof Airport in West-Berlin.
After landing the hijackers realised their predicament and shot and killed each other.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» stasi-unterlagen-archiv.de
» Abilene Reporter News March 11, 1970


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Distance from Berlin-Schönefeld Airport to Leipzig Airport as the crow flies is 137 km (86 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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