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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 20 May 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic B731 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-159
Registration: HK-1403
MSN: 19679/89
First flight: 1968-10-24 (7 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 55
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bogotá-Eldorado Airport (BOG/SKBO), Colombia
Destination airport:Pereira Airport (PEI/SKPE), Colombia
An Avianca Boeing 737-159 was hijacked by three passengers who demanded to be taken to Cuba.
A refueling stop was made at Barranquilla before the flight continued to Havana, Cuba.

» El Tiempo - 21 May 1969


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bogotá-Eldorado Airport to Pereira Airport as the crow flies is 176 km (110 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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