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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 7 January 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD87 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87)
Operator:Austrian Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL) (   Germany)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Berlin-Tegel Airport (TXL/EDDT), Germany
Destination airport:Wien-Schwechat International Airport (VIE/LOWW), Austria
A Bosnian male refugee hijacked Austrian Airlines flight OS 104 en route to Vienna. The hijacker gained access to the cockpit while carrying a wooden baton and a small knife with a nine centimeter (3 1/2 inch) blade. He reportedly concealed the knife in his jacket prior to boarding the aircraft. The hijacker was apparently motivated by the fact that his German visa was to expire the following week, and he reportedly feared repatriation in Bosnia. He demanded that the pilot return the aircraft to Berlin. The plane landed safely at Berlin’s Tegel Airport and was moved to an isolated area. While local authorities communicated with the hijacker in the front of the plane, German police entered the plane from the rear. They overpowered the hijacker, who was intoxicated, and placed him under arrest. There were no injuries to passengers or crew members. According to airport security personnel, the knife used by the hijacker was small enough under airline regulations to be allowed aboard the aircraft. On July 25, the hijacker was tried, convicted, and sentenced to seven years in prison.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1997 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Berlin-Tegel Airport to Wien-Schwechat International Airport as the crow flies is 543 km (339 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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