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Date:Saturday 27 November 1971
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Trans World Airlines - TWA
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 43
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 49
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Albuquerque International Airport, NM (ABQ/KABQ), United States of America
Destination airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
Three suspected police killers grabbed a tow truck at the airport and drove up to the TWA Boeing 727. They boarded the flight and demanded to be flown to Africa. The crew talked them into going to Cuba.
A refueling stop was made at Tampa, Florida, during which the 40 passengers were released. The aircraft then continued to Havana, Cuba.

» St. Petersburg Times - Nov 29, 1971 (p.4A)


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Distance from Albuquerque International Airport, NM to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL as the crow flies is 1784 km (1115 miles).

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