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Last updated: 25 July 2021
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Date:Tuesday 26 August 1980
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
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 242
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA401
Narrative:
About 30 minutes after takeoff the hijackers standing in the rear of the aircraft poured liquid from plastic bottles on parts of the plane's interior. They shouted "Cuba" and through a Spanish speaking passenger demanded to be flown to Cuba or they would burn the aircraft. The pilot flew the aircraft to Havana, Cuba where the hijackers were taken Into custody by Cuban authorities.
Reportedly sentenced in Cuba to 2 to 3 years.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1745 km (1091 miles).

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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