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Last updated: 16 October 2021
Date:Saturday 30 June 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic L101 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 293
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 306
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Juan (unknown airport), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
A hijacker went to the front of the aircraft hitting a bottle of rum on various objects including the cockpit door trying to break it
He shouted various pro-Fidel Castro remarks and said he wanted to take the plane to Cuba.
After trying to open the locked cockpit door, he threatened to burn the plane unless the door was opened. A flight attendant calmed
him down to the point he set the bottle on a tray. When he began shouting again and reached for the bottle, a flight attendant overpowered him with the assistance of other crew members and passengers. He was charged with interference with crewmembers
Charges dismissed due to mental incompetency.


» The Spokesman-Review - Jul 1, 1979


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