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Last updated: 17 January 2022
Date:Wednesday 28 October 1998
Type:Boeing 737
Operator:Air China
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 94
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 103
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE) (   Taiwan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beijing-Capital International Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China
Destination airport:Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield (KMG/ZPPP), China
Air China flight 905 was diverted by its pilot to Taiwan during a flight from Beijing to Kunming. The Boeing 737 aircraft was carrying nine crew members and 94 passengers, including the pilot’s wife and child. The pilot reportedly made the diversion because of his dissatisfaction with his life on mainland China. The Taiwanese government dispatched four air force fighters to intercept and follow the plane to Taipei’s Chiang Kai-Shek International Airport. The pilot, upon landing, then surrendered to Taiwanese officials without incident. On December 8 Taiwanese prosecutors indicted the pilot on hijacking-related charges, which carry a maximum penalty of death.


» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1998 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Beijing-Capital International Airport to Kunming-Wujiaba Airfield as the crow flies is 2101 km (1313 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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