Hijacking description
Last updated: 28 July 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 22 July 1982
Type:Martin 4-0-4
Operator:Marco Island Airways
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Key West International Airport, FL (EYW/KEYW), United States of America
Flightnumber: 39
Narrative:
Marco Island Airways Flight 39 departed Miami, FL (MIA) on a domestic flight to Key West, FL (EYW) At 20:27 the flight was about 60 miles northeast of Key West when two passengers began shouting that they wanted to be flown to Cuba. They poured gasoline on the floor and seats.
While flying to Cuba one of the hijackers continued to pour the gasoline on the seats and floor and on a passenger. He also attempted to light his cigarette lighter. No flame resulted but sparks were observed.
The flight diverted to Havana, Cuba were the hijackers were taken into custody by Cuban officials. They were reportedly sentenced in Cuba to 15 years.


Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Times Daily - Jul 23, 1982


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Key West International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 201 km (125 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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