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Datum:vrijdag 18 januari 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic A30B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A300B4
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Eastern Air Lines
Registratie: registration unknown
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 9
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 123
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 132
Schade: Geen
Plaats:Orlando International Airport, FL (MCO) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), Verenigde Staten
A lone male hijacked Eastern Airlines Flight 403 en route from Newark (EWR) to Miami (MIA) with 123 passengers and 9 crew members aboard. The hijacker emerged from the rear lavatory shouting in Spanish that he wanted to go to Cuba. The hijacker, holding a "Bic" type lighter in one hand and a bag in the other, told passengers and crew that he had poured gasoline on himself and the floor of the aircraft. He also claimed to have explosives inside the bag that he held in
his hand. The aircraft was diverted to Orlando, Florida and landed at approximately 01:14 a.m. The hijacker, believing he had landed in Cuba, dropped his bag and lighter, enabling the crew to overpower him. A subsequent investigation revealed that the hijacker's bag contained a folded newspaper and no evidence of any flammable liquid was found in the aircraft or on the hijacker's person. The hijacker reportedly wanted to return to Cuba to see his family.


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Newark International Airport, NJ en Miami International Airport, FL bedraagt 1739 km (1087 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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