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Datum:Montag 31 Dezember 1984
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
Fluggesellschaft:American Airlines
Kennzeichen: registration unknown
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 13
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 185
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 198
Sachschaden: nicht beschädigt
Unfallort:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Kuba)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport (STX/TISX),
Flug nach:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), USA
A prisoner under escort of three Virgin Island Correction Bureau armed law enforcement officers hijacked the DC-10 to Cuba. The hijacking began while the aircraft was en-route to New York from the Virgin Islands. The prisoner made numerous trips to the aft lavatory feigning sickness; after the last trip, he came out
of the lavatory with a pistol, disarmed the three guards and forced the aircraft to land in Havana. Allegedly, the pistol was placed in the lavatory by person(s) unknown in St. Croix. Upon arrival in Cuba, the hijacker was taken into custody.

» Record-Journal - Jan 2, 1985


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Distance from Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 2676 km (1673 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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