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Hijacking description
Last updated: 19 November 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 19 July 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic L101 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 232
Airplane damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA1
Narrative:
A short time before arrival in Miami, FL, one of the passengers distributed several copies of typewritten notes in broken English claiming to have bomb and demanding that he be flown to Cuba.
Reportedly, he held his hand inside a briefcase he was carrying as if to indicate that he could detonate the bomb at any time. The aircraft diverted to Havana, Cuba and Cuban authorities took the hijacker into custody.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1745 km (1091 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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