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Hijacking description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 21 February 1968
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-8
Operator:Delta Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 102
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 109
Airplane damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tampa International Airport, FL (TPA/KTPA), United States of America
Destination airport:Palm Beach-Palm Beach County Airport, FL (LNA/KLNA), United States of America
Flightnumber:DL843
Narrative:
Delta Air Lines flight DL843 was hijacked by a passenger holding a pistol. He demanded to be flown to Cuba.
The DC-8 was hijacked at 15:37, seven minutes after takeoff from Tampa (TPA). The flight crew continued to Cuba where the plane landed at 16:29. After three hours the plane was allowed to fly back to the U.S.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Rome News-Tribune - Feb 22, 1968


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Distance from Tampa International Airport, FL to Palm Beach-Palm Beach County Airport, FL as the crow flies is 285 km (178 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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