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Last updated: 27 October 2021
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Date:Thursday 16 August 1979
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 85
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 91
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT), Guatemala
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA980
Narrative:
A 24-year old passengers demanded to be taken to Cuba. He claimed a bomb was hidden in his cassette player.
He was subdued by the captain and a passenger.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Youngstown Vindicator - Aug 17, 1979


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Distance from Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1631 km (1019 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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