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Volga-Dnepr Returns Historic Boeing 737

Freight airline Volga-Dnepr has transported the fuselage and wings of an historic Boeing 737-200 from Brazil to Germany.

The aircraft was returned to Germany almost 40 years after it was hijacked on October 13, 1977, en route from Palma, Majorca, to Frankfurt. The hijacking ended in a raid by German special forces, which successfully freed all 86 hostages and the plane was subsequently sold to Brazilian airline TAF Linhas.

The historic cargo was delivered by Volga-Dnepr Airlines’ to the town of Friederichshafen. The fuselage and wings were transported in a special frame aboard the An-124-100, while the 737’s engines and other components arrived in the IL-76TD-90VD.

“We are extremely proud to have been chosen to bring the Boeing 737 ‘Landshut’ home to Germany. It is a symbol of the nation’s commitment to never bow down to terrorism,” said Mikhail Smirnykh, general director of Volga-Dnepr Airlines.

Photo: Unloading the 737 fuselage. Credit: VDA

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