ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 727 registration unknown Miami International Airport, FL (MIA)
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Date:Thursday 21 July 1983
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Northwest Orient Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 97
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America)
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
A few minutes after departure from Tampa, FL, a male passenger threatened a flight attendant with a knife and forced her to sit in the seat beside him. He directed her to tell another flight attendant to tell the pilot to go to Cuba, whereupon the captain headed for Havana, Cuba.
When refreshments were served, the hijacker placed the knife on his seat between his legs in order to accept a drink with his free hand while holding the flight attendant with the other hand. Two passengers near the hijacker then attacked and subdued him.
The aircraft landed at Miami, FL and the hijacker was taken into custody. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for air piracy.



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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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