On November 23, 1985, Flight 648 took off at 9pm on its Athens to Cairo route. Ten minutes after take-off, five Palestinian members of the Abu Nidal Organization hijacked the aircraft. The terrorists, calling themselves the Egypt Revolution, were heavily armed with guns and grenades.[clarification needed] The terrorist leader then proceeded to check all passports. It was at this point that an Egyptian Security Service Agent aboard opened fire, killing one terrorist instantly before being shot dozens of times. However, in the exchange of fire, the fuselage was punctured, causing a rapid depressurization. The aircraft was forced to descend to 10,000 feet (3,000 m) to allow the crew and passengers to breathe.
Libya was to be the original destination for the terrorists; however, due to the negative publicity the hijacking would have had if flown to Libya and the fact that the plane did not have enough fuel to reach Libya, Malta was chosen as a more suitable option. The aircraft was now running dangerously low on fuel, experiencing serious pressurization problems, and carrying a number of wounded passengers; however, the Maltese authorities still did not give permission for the aircraft to land (the Maltese government had already refused permission to other hijacked aircraft before, such as on September 27, 1982 when an Alitalia aircraft was hijacked on its way to Italy and had asked permission to land in Malta). However, the EgyptAir 648 terrorists who hijacked the plane insisted, and they forced the pilot, Hani Galal, to land at Luqa Airport in Malta. As a last ditch attempt to stop the landing, the runway lights were switched off, but the pilot still managed to land the damaged aircraft safely.
Transportes Aereos Mercantiles Panamericanos S.A., operating as Tampa Cargo, is a cargo airline based at José María Córdova International Airport in Medellín, Colombia. It is a specialized all-cargo airline transporting flowers from Latin America to Miami, as well as general cargo throughout the Americas. It has hubs at El Dorado International Airport (BOG), Bogotá, José María Córdova International Airport (MDE), Medellín, Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport (BAQ), Barranquilla and Miami International Airport (MIA
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Sun d'Or International Airlines (en hébreu סאן-דור) (code AITA : 2U - anciennement 7L ; code OACI : ERO) est une compagnie aérienne israélienne.
Établie en 1977, cette compagnie charter israélienne appartient à la compagnie nationale israélienne El Al. Sun d'Or propose de l'Aéroport international David-Ben-Gourion en Israel, des vols vers l'Europe pour des destinations touristiques et balnéaires