Alitalia Boeing 747-243B. On June 30 1982, an Alitalia Boeing 747 with 340 passengers was hijacked by Sepala Ekanayake. He demanded for $300,000 and for his wife and son to be brought to Bangkok airport (Which was where the plane was forced to fly to). After the hijacking Sepala Ekanayake was sent to Sri Lanka, Colombo (Place of birth) where he was arrested and sentenced to 5 years.