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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Sunday 6 September 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic B741 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-121
Operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: N752PA
MSN: 19656/34
First flight: 1970-04-10 (5 months)
Total airframe hrs:1125
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cairo International Airport (CAI) (   Egypt)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands
Destination airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
The aircraft, carrying 153 passengers and 17 crewmembers, was hijacked by two men just after leaving Amsterdam. The flight diverted to Beirut, where 7 others boarded the plane. The aircraft was then flown to Cairo. All occupants evacuated the aircraft immediately after landing. Only minutes later, the aircraft was blown up.

Destroyed on ground
Damaged on the ground

» Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against civil aviation : statistics and narrative reports / FAA
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 14.09.1970 (33, 35, 36)


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Distance from Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 5805 km (3628 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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