Soviet Union: No Exit

A hijack attempt is foiled

The five men and three or four women who boarded Aeroflot Flight 6833 to Leningrad were members of a wedding party, though elopement seemed more on their minds. Not long after the plane left the Georgian capital of Tbilisi, about 85 miles from the Turkish border, the group ordered the pilot to fly to Turkey. Instead, the captain alerted ground control and flew in circles around the airport at Tbilisi before finally touching down there. Throughout the afternoon and night, the plane sat on the tarmac while the hijackers demanded that it be refueled. Meanwhile,...

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