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Date:Sunday 3 January 1971
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-8
Operator:National Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 90
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 97
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), United States of America
Destination airport:Tampa International Airport, FL (TPA/KTPA), United States of America
Flightnumber: 36
Narrative:
The aircraft was hijacked 190 miles west of St. Petersburg, Florida, while on its way to Tampa, Florida. The hijacker asked for a glass of water and pulled a gun on a flight attendant. She brought him to the cockpit. He demanded to be taken to Cuba.
The hijacker deplaned at Havana, along with his wife and two small children.

Sources:
» St. Petersburg Times - Jan 4, 1971


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Distance from Los Angeles International Airport, CA to Tampa International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 3444 km (2152 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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