KLM Flight 861

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KLM Flight 861
Boeing 747-206B, KLM - Royal Dutch Airlines AN0678244.jpg
PH-BUA, the incident aircraft, at Faro Airport in 1988.
Hijacking summary
Date November 25, 1973
Summary Aircraft hijacking
Site Dubai
Passengers 247[1]
Crew 17[1]
Survivors 264 (all)
Aircraft type Boeing 747-206B[1]
Aircraft name Mississippi
Operator KLM
Registration PH-BUA[1]
Flight origin Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Stopover Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Destination Tokyo, Japan

KLM Flight 861, operated by a Boeing 747 registered PH-BUA and named "Mississippi", was hijacked on November 25, 1973, by three young Arabs over Iraqi airspace on a scheduled Amsterdam-Tokyo flight with 247 passengers on board.


The hijackers threatened to blow up the plane when no country would grant landing permission. The hijackers demanded the release of seven Palestinian prisoners. Most of the passengers and the eight stewardesses were released after negotiations with the Prime Minister of Malta, Dom Mintoff. With 11 passengers remaining on board, the jumbo jet left Malta to Dubai where the incident ended without fatalities.[2]


The hijack was claimed by the Arab Nationalist Youth Organization. The flight number is now used for the Amsterdam to Tokyo route.


  1. ^ a b c d "Hijacking description PP-SNT". Aviation Safety Network. 
  2. ^ Dutch KLM Boeing 747