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Last updated: 19 October 2018
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Date:Tuesday 3 December 1968
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:National Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 35
Aircraft 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:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flightnumber:1439
Narrative:
National Airlines flight 1439 from New York to Miami via Tampa was hijacked after takeoff from Tampa by a man, carrying a .45 caliber automatic and what seemed to be a hand grenade. He demanded to be flown to Cuba.
The aircraft made a refueling stop at Key West, Florida.

Sources:
» St. Petersburg Times - Dec 4, 1968


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Distance from Tampa International Airport, FL to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 327 km (204 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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