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Date:Thursday 22 July 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic M404 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Martin 4-0-4
Operator:Marco Island Airways
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Key West International Airport, FL (EYW/KEYW), United States of America
Flightnumber: 39
Marco Island Airways Flight 39 departed Miami, FL (MIA) on a domestic flight to Key West, FL (EYW) At 20:27 the flight was about 60 miles northeast of Key West when two passengers began shouting that they wanted to be flown to Cuba. They poured gasoline on the floor and seats.
While flying to Cuba one of the hijackers continued to pour the gasoline on the seats and floor and on a passenger. He also attempted to light his cigarette lighter. No flame resulted but sparks were observed.
The flight diverted to Havana, Cuba were the hijackers were taken into custody by Cuban officials. They were reportedly sentenced in Cuba to 15 years.


» Times Daily - Jul 23, 1982


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Key West International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 201 km (125 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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