Bombing of Gulf Air Flight 771

Gulf Air Flight 771 was a flight from Karachi, Pakistan to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

On 23 September 1983, while the Boeing 737-2P6 was on approach to Abu Dhabi International Airport, a bomb exploded in the baggage compartment. The plane crashed in the desert near Mina Jebel Ali between Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE. All seven crew members and 105 passengers died. Most of the dead were Pakistani nationals, many returning to jobs in the Persian Gulf after spending the Eid holiday following Ramadan, with their families in Pakistan.

The bomb was apparently planted by the Abu Nidal organization, to convince Saudi Arabia to pay protection money to Nidal so as to avoid attacks on their soil. Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates paid the money soon after the bombing.

Gulf Air 771 left Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for Karachi, Pakistan, aboard a Boeing 737 carrying 117 people (111 passengers, 6 crew). The aircraft exploded shortly after takeoff and crashed in the desert near Mina Jebel Ali in the UAE. A bomb in the baggage compartment caused the fatal crash. The terrorist Abu Nidal took responsibility to convince nations in the region to pay him protection money and avoid future attacks. Both the UAE and Kuwait paid Nidal off shortly thereafter.

In 1983, a bomb blew Gulf Air flight 771 out of the sky just after it took off from Abu Dhabi en route to Karachi. All 117 people aboard died when the plane crashed in Jebel Ali. The Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal was said to have authored the attack to convince Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States to pay protection money, which Kuwait and the UAE did, according to some.