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Last updated: 15 December 2019
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Date:Monday 18 November 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6
Operator:Mexicana de Aviación
Registration: XA-MON
C/n / msn: 43104/95
First flight: 1948
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mérida-Rejon Airport (MID/MMMD), Mexico
Destination airport:Villahermosa-Capitan Carlos Perez Airport (VSA/MMVA), Mexico
Narrative:
A Mexicana de Aviación DC-6, operating a service from Mérida to Mexico City, was hijacked on the leg between Mérida and Villahermosa.
A passenger handed a note to a flight attendant, claiming that he had a bomb in his suitcase. He demanded to be flown to Cuba. The captain diverted the flight and landed at Havana at 10:51.

Sources:
» El Siglo de Torreón 19-11-1968
» St. Petersburg Times - Nov 19, 1968


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Mérida-Rejon Airport to Villahermosa-Capitan Carlos Perez Airport as the crow flies is 463 km (289 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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