Incident Summary:

10/26/1999: Iranian security detained an alleged member of Mujahidin-e-Khalq after he attempted to hijack an Iran Air passenger airplane traveling from Tehran to the northwestern city of Orumiyeh, Iran. The number of passengers on the plane and type of weapon used were not reported in this incident.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:


Near Tehran

Location Details:
This incident occurred on anairplane traveling from Tehran to the northwestern city of Orumiyeh, Iran.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Airports and Aircraft
Name of Entity Iran Air
Specific Description An Iran Air passenger airplane traveling from Tehran to Orumiyeh
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages Unknown
US Hostages 0
Outcome Successful Rescue
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The hijacker demanded to be flown to France before he was subdued by security forces.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Iranian Security Arrest Man after Attempted Hijacking of Internal Flight," The Associated Press, October 26, 1999.
"Revolution Guards Foil Attempt by Dissident to Divert Airliner to France," BBC, October 28, 1999.