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Hijacking description
Last updated: 23 November 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 25 February 1969
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-8
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 60
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 67
Airplane damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA955
Narrative:
Eastern Air Lines flight EA955 was hijacked by one passenger shortly after takeoff from Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA (ATL) at 14:31. The man pulled a .22 caliber pistol and demanded to be flown to Cuba. He remained in Cuba while the DC-8 was allowed to fly back to the U.S.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 953 km (596 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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