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Date:Saturday 13 September 1980
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Delta Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 88
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New Orleans International Airport, LA (MSY/KMSY), United States of America
Destination airport:Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America
Shortly after takeoff two hijackers holding cigarette lighters and rubbing alcohol bottles stood up and shouted Cuba several times. They splashed some of the liquid which smelled like rubbing alcohol on the aircraft's interior and threatened to light the fluid unless they were flown to Cuba.
The hijacker's limited the movement of the flight attendants and passengers during the flight to Havana, Cuba where the hijackers were taken into custody by Cuban authorities. Reportedly sentenced 1n Cuba to 4 and 3 years respectively.



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Distance from New Orleans International Airport, LA to Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA as the crow flies is 680 km (425 miles).

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