Singapore Airlines Flight 117 Hijacked, SQ117
On March 26, 1991, Singapore Airlines Flight 117 was hijacked by four male travellers who professed to be Pakistanis that includes the members of PPP (Pakistan Peoples Party) Asif Ali Zardari (Benazir Bhutto husband and current President of Pakistan) and others. The plane arrived at Singapore (Changi Airport). After their needs were not fulfilled, the hijackers endangered to commence hurting hostages; prior to their contract ended commandos stormed the plane, eliminating the hijackers and liberating all hostages unhurt.
The plane, Airbus A310 with enrollment 9V-STP had taken off from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport close to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia at 18: 15 SST, having 118 travellers and additionally 11 staff on panel. Airbus A310 was hijacked in middle route to Singapore Changi Airport, and arrived securely at Changi Airport at 22: 15, where an professional selection of officers through the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Home Affairs and also Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts, together with Singapore Airlines associates and a discussing team, were all of standing by.
The hijackers likewise expected the plane to get refuelled so that they can travel to Australia. The next morning hours, March 27, at 02: 30, the hijackers pressed two hosts out of the plane, after the plane were being transferred to external the road.
The current Prime Minister of Singapore recommended everyone included in dealing with the experience and saving objective for their swiftness and effectiveness. Captain Stanley Lim, the pilot of the flight, and Superintendent Foo Kia Juah, chief police negotiator, were honored the Public Service Star for their tasks. The SAF CDO FN were also honored the Medal for Valour, and other people in the settling team received Presidential Certificates of Commendation.
After numerous years, at the introduction of the Singapore Special Operations Force, Singapore Armed Forces recognized the fact that the unit included in fixing the event was a deemed technique, professional counter-terrorism and special reconnaissance and operations unit created in the middle of the 1980s.
Singapore Airlines remains to work with Flight 117 running from Kuala Lumpur to Singapore. The flight currently flies to KLIA rather than Subang.