Date: July 23, 1999
Time: 11:25
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Operator: All Nippon Airways
Flight #: 61
Route: Tokyo, Japan - Chitose, Japan
AC Type: Boeing B-747
Registration: JA8966
cn / ln: 27442/1066
Aboard: 517   (passengers:503  crew:14)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:0  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: Two minutes after taking off from Haneda Airport, a man carrying a knife forced a flight attendant to take him in the cockpit of the plane. A fan of computer flight-simulation games, he stated he just wanted to fly a real plane. After forcing the co-pilot out of the cockpit he ordered the captain to fly to a U.S. Air Force base in western Tokyo. When he refused, he stabbed the captain and seized the controls. After a sudden drop in altitude, the co-pilot and an off duty crew member entered the cockpit and overpowered the hijacker. A one point the plane plunged to within 984 feet of the ground. The plane ultimately landed safely but the captain died of his injuries.

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