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Hijacking description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 9 August 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46
Operator:Cubana de Aviación
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 53
Airplane damage: Substantial
Location:near Havana (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
Destination airport:Nueva Gerona Airport (GER/MUNG), Cuba
Narrative:
Some five minutes after takeoff from Havana, five hijackers attempted to enter the flight deck. Two guards tried to stop the hijackers and shots were fired. During the struggle the captain of the plane was killed, as were one of the hijackers and a guard. The co-pilot carried out an emergency landing in a sugar cane field. The undercarriage collapsed. Four hijackers fled the scene.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Hijack of Castro plane fails, 3 persons slain (The News, 1961-08-10)
» El Siglo de Torreon 10 August 1961, p.3
» La Nacion 11 August 1961, p1


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Distance from Havana-José Martí International Airport to Nueva Gerona Airport as the crow flies is 133 km (83 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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