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Hijacking description
Last updated: 19 November 2017
Date:Sunday 27 March 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic IL18 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Ilyushin 18B
Operator:Cubana de Aviación
Registration: CU-T831
C/n / msn: 182005202
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Santiago-Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU/MUCU), Cuba
Destination airport:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
The flight engineer shot the on board security guard and forced the crew to carry him to Florida, USA. The captain instead took the plane to José Martí Airport in Havana. On seeing an Aeroflot plane on the tarmac, the hijacker realised he had been fooled, shot the captain dead and tried to initiate takeoff. The copilot then shut down the engines. The hijacker jumped onto the tarmac and fled. He was caught some days later.

Hijacker(s) escaped

» Ricardo Miranda (E-mail 22-4-2015)


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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 Santiago-Antonio Maceo Airport to Havana-José Martí International Airport as the crow flies is 754 km (471 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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