Hijacking description
Last updated: 2 October 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 11 March 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Antonov 24RV
Operator:Cubana de Aviación
Registration: CU-T1262
C/n / msn: 307610
First flight: 1972
Engines: 2 Ivchenko AI-24VT
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 48
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV/MUHA), Cuba
Destination airport:Nueva Gerona-Rafael Cabrera Airport (GER/MUNG), Cuba
Flightnumber: 706
Narrative:
Three passengers attempted to hijack Cubana Airlines Flight CU-706,an Antonov 24, as it prepared to depart Havana on a domestic flight to Nueva Gerona with 48 people aboard. The hijackers brandished hand grenades and demanded to be flown to the United States. In the ensuing struggle with passengers, one grenade exploded injuring 13 persons.
One hijacker was killed by a policeman onboard the aircraft and the other two were arrested.


Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

Sources:
» Adrian Leon Aja
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1987 / U.S. Department of Tranport, FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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Distance from Havana-José Martí International Airport to Nueva Gerona-Rafael Cabrera Airport as the crow flies is 133 km (83 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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