Top 10 Headlines That Shook Singapore (Since 1955)


10. 26 March 1991 – Singapore Airlines SQ 117 Hijack

Singapore Airlines Airbus flight SQ 117 took off from Subang Airport in Kuala Lumpur with 129 passengers and crew on board when four Pakistanis took control of the plane, forcing it to land in Singapore at 10:15pm.

The hijackers wanted the release of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s husband and other Pakistan People’s Party members detained in Pakistani jails.

Before the deadline at 6:45am after which they threatened to kill one passenger every ten minutes if their demands were not acceded to, elite Commandos stormed the plane, killing the four hijackers and freeing all 118 passengers and 9 crew. The rescue of SQ 117 was over in just 30 seconds and ended at 6:50am. None of the passengers and crew were hurt.


Note that this list is not meant to be exhaustive. There are many other horrifying cases, especially criminal ones such as the Curry Murder, one-eyed dragon murder and “body parts” murder and you can read more about them in Wikipedia’s list of Singapore crimes.

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