Aeroflot Flight 101/435

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Yakutsk United Air Group Flight 101/435
Antonov An-24B, Aeroflot AN1089475.jpg
A Soviet Antonov An-24 similar to that involved in the incident
Date 19 December 1985
Summary Hijacking
Aircraft type Antonov An-24
Operator Yakutsk United Air Group division of Aeroflot
Registration CCCP-42845
Flight origin Yakutsk
Stopover Takhtamygda
2nd stopover Chita
Destination Irkutsk
Passengers 46
Crew 5
Survivors 51 (all)

Yakutsk United Air Group Flight 101/435 was a Soviet domestic passenger flight that was hijacked on 19 December 1985 by the co-pilot en route from Takhtamygda to Chita. Co-pilot Shamil Alimuradov, who was a member of the Lezgian ethnic group and who was armed with a hatchet, demanded that captain Vyacheslav Abramyan divert the Antonov An-24 aircraft to China.[1] The Soviet authorities allowed the crew to land in China and gave Abramyan the radio frequency of Qiqihar Airport.[1] The hijacker, however, demanded that the aircraft fly to Hailar, but due to a fuel shortage it landed in a rice field. While Alimuradov was apprehended by the Chinese, the passengers were allowed to travel to Hailar and Harbin. On 21 December the crew and all 46 passengers returned safely to the Soviet Union.


According to the TASS news agency, the aircraft "had to alter its course as a result of forcible actions of an armed criminal on board and landed in the northeastern part of the People's Republic of China".[2] In 1970, following the hijacking of Aeroflot Flight 244, aircraft captains in the Soviet Union were allowed to possess arms on board; but Abramyan, despite being armed, decided not to resist as it required unbuckling his seat's safety harness.[1] However, he managed to contact air traffic control through a concealed button and report the hijacking.[1]

When the aircraft landed in China, it ran out of food and the temperature outside the aircraft was −25 °C (−13 °F).[1] The Chinese did not allow the crew to warm the cabin because it required starting the engines.[1] Later the passengers were given food and accommodation in a Hailar hotel.[1] The Soviet embassy in Beijing was notified of the incident.[1]

The next day the passengers were given questionnaires with only name and purpose of visit to be filled out.[1] The passengers were advised to write "tourist trip" as the purpose of the visit.[1] Then they visited Qiqihar, ate in a local restaurant and received Chinese vacuum flasks as gifts.[1]


The passengers returned from Harbin to Chita on a Tupolev Tu-134.[1] Shamil Alimuradov was found guilty after a one-day trial in the Harbin Intermediate People's Court, where he was represented by a Chinese lawyer,[3] and sentenced in March 1986 to eight years in prison.[1] After three years he was returned to the Soviet Union, where he was sentenced to five more years under Soviet laws.[1] The hijacked aircraft was flown back to the Soviet Union in January 1986.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Ирина Антонова (17 December 2010). "Archived copy" Как Ан-24 сел на рисовое поле (in Russian). Ил Тумэн. Archived from the original on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Passengers, Crew in Soviet Hijacking All Safe". Los Angeles Times. December 26, 1985. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Chinese Convict Soviet In Hijack". Chicago Tribune. March 5, 1986. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
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