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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Saturday 27 May 1989
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 157
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX (DFW/KDFW), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
A Cuban immigrant, who came to the U.S. as part of the Mariel boatlift, hijacked an American Airlines Boeing 727 and demanded to be flown to Cuba. The flight was en route from Dallas to Miami
and was carrying 157 passengers and crew. The hijacker stated he was armed with a pistol and explosives. In actuality he had a starter pistol, two knives and a pair of scissors. After the aircraft landed in Miami to refuel, the hijacker surrendered.


» Criminal Acts against Civil Aviation: 1989 / FAA


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Distance from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, TX to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1790 km (1119 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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