N530PA in hijacking drama at SYD

N530PA 747SP Pan Am

Hijacker took a female hostage on to 747SP

The hijacker took a female hostage at the screening point at Sydney-Kingsford Smith Airport, NSW (SYD), Australia.

Holding a knife to her throat, he forced his way past official and on to a nearby Pan Am aircraft, flight PA816 (N530PA c/n: 21022).

He demanded to be flown to Moscow via Singapore and Rome. Italy, where he wanted interviews with the Pope and an Italian communist leader.
During negotiations the hostage was forcefully rescued by police. Holding one of two beer cans with a protruding wick in one hand and a match in the other he threatened to blow up the aircraft.

The police used a high pressure hose to throw the man off balance. The man ducked behind a seat still holding the match and beer can.

The police then shot and fatally wounded the man. The beer cans contained gunpowder.

A policeman was injured in the rescue attempt and the hostage received minor cuts on the throat.

Source: aviation-safety.net

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