Database of terrorist attacks and related events--Johnston's Archive

Siberia, U.S.S.R.--18 May 1973

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 26 November 2017

Date: 18 May 1973

Location: Siberia, Russia, U.S.S.R.

Type of event: terrorism


A hijacked Aeroflot Tu-104 airliner exploded over Siberia. The airliner was en route from Moscow to Chita. The hijacker set off a bomb in the passenger cabin after his demands were not met, when the plane was about 150 km short of Chita. All aboard were killed. Some reports have claimed, however, that the aircraft was shot down by Soviet fighters while departing Soviet airspace. (Sources differ on the date and/or number of fatalities.)

Consequences: 100 killed


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