Precisely 39 years in the past at this time, on November 18, 1983, On November 18, 1983, Aeroflot Flight 6833 was hijacked whereas en route from Tbilisi, Georgia, to Leningrad, USSR, with a cease in Batumi, Georgia.
The plane concerned within the incident was a 10-year-old twin-engine Tupolev Tu-134A registered CCCP-65807. Answerable for the flight was Captain Akhmatger Gardapkhadze, assisted by co-pilot Vladimir Gasoyan.
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The hijackers wished to go to Turkey
The plane had taken off from Tbilisi-Novo Alexeyevka Airport (TBS) for the brief 174-mile jump over to the Black Beach earlier than heading 1,348 miles northeast to Leningrad. Onboard the flight have been 59 passengers and 7 crew. Included within the passenger checklist have been seven younger intellectuals, all from outstanding Georgian households:
- Painters, Gia Tabidze, Davit Mikaberidze, and Soso Tsereteli
- ActorGega Kobakhidze
- Medical doctors, Paata and Kakhi Iverieli
The hijacker group’s 9 members boarded the airplane in Tbilisi, pretending to be a marriage social gathering heading to Leningrad. As soon as the plane was airborne, a number of stormed the cockpit demanding to be taken to Turkey.
Instantly realizing what was occurring, the co-pilot started a sequence of maximum maneuvers that subjected the plane to g-forces it was not constructed for. Finally, the hijackers have been pressured out of the cockpit, and the airplane returned to Tbilisi, the place it made an emergency touchdown.
Particular anti-terrorism troops have been referred to as in
With the airplane on the bottom, Georgian Communist Social gathering chief Eduard Shevardnadze referred to as Moscow and requested for the deployment of a Soviet anti-terrorism unit referred to as the Alpha Group. The hijacking continued into the next day, November 19, when the Alpha Group stormed the airplane after which arrested the surviving hijackers.
The hijacking brought about the dying of three crew members, two passengers, and three hijackers. After inspecting the plane, they discovered 108 bullet holes. As a result of the maneuvers had additionally exceeded the airplane’s design specs, the choice was made to scrap it.
The surviving male hijackers went earlier than a firing squad
When investigating the hijacking, the police found that the group’s ringleader was an Orthodox priest named “Theodore Chikhladze.” Desperate to set a precedent and to find out future hijacking, Eduard Shevardnadze referred to as for the dying penalty, saying that the hijackers have been nothing greater than “drug addicts” and “bandits.”
Through the trial, the hijackers mentioned they wished to go to Turkey to have a greater life and dwell in a rustic that had a free society. In August 1984, the remaining hijackers have been discovered responsible and sentenced to dying, together with the alleged ringleader Theodore Chikhladze. A feminine co-conspirator, Tinatin Petviashvili, obtained a 14-year jail sentence. Two months later, on October 3, 1984, the responsible males went earlier than a firing squad and have been shot.
To this present day, there are controversies surrounding hijacking, with reviews suggesting that the hijackers’ rich households tried to barter their launch. They even accused Shevardnadze, who would later turn into the nation’s president, of demanding the dying penalty to seem sturdy to the Communist management in Moscow.
For his or her heroism, Captain Akhmatger Gardapkhadze and First Officer Vladimir Gasoyan have been awarded the titles of the Hero of the Soviet Union.
- IATA/ICAO Code:
- Airline Sort:
- Full Service Provider
- Moscow Sheremetyevo Worldwide Airport
- Yr Based:
- Mikhail Poluboyarinov