Date: November 24th, 1985
Operator: Egypt Air
Where: Malta-Luqa (Malta)
Report No.: Not Available
Report Date: -
This is not an accident investigation report.
On November 23, at 19.35h the EgyptAir Boeing 737 was hijacked by 3 men.
The Egyptian security guard who was onboard shot and killed one of the
hijackers before being shot and wounded himself, along with two flight
attendants. Although the hijackers demanded to be flown to Tunesia or
Libya, they agreed to land at Malta for refuelling were it landed at
21.15h. At Malta, the two wounded cabin crew members were released, along
with 11 women. Because Maltese authorities refused to refuel the plane
unless all passengers were released, the hijackers threatened to kill a
passenger every 10 minutes. A total of 5 additional people were shot and
thrown off the aircraft, two of them were killed.
After 22 hours of negotiation the plane was stormed by Egyptian forces. In
the fight which followed handgranades wer thrown into the passenger cabin,
causing a fire.
Source: Aircraft hijackings and other criminal acts against
civilaviation : statisctics and narrative reports /