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Date:Wednesday 17 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: 111
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America
Destination airport:Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC (CAE/KCAE), United States of America
As the aircraft neared Columbia Metropolitan Airport, South Carolina two passengers holding cigarette lighters and bottles of apparent gasoline stood up shouted "viva Cuba" several times, poured some of the liquid on the floor and through an interpreter demanded to be flown to Cuba or they would burn the aircraft. The hijackers agreed to a refuel stop at Columbia where they refused to allow the passengers to deplane or the doors to be opened. The aircraft was then flown to Havana, Cuba where the hijackers were taken into custody by Cuban authorities. The hijackers were released to the custody of U.S. Marshals in Havana and were returned to Columbia, SC. They were sentenced to 40 years for air piracy.



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Distance from Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA to Columbia Metropolitan Airport, SC as the crow flies is 305 km (191 miles).

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