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Last updated: 26 October 2020
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Date:Saturday 26 July 1969
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Operator:Continental Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 53
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 57
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
Destination airport:Midland/Odessa Regional Airport, TX (MAF/KMAF), United States of America
Flightnumber:CO156
Narrative:
A passenger on a flight from El Paso to Midland, Texas, hijacked the aircraft using a knife and demanded to be taken to Cuba. The aircraft landed at Midland/Odessa Airport to refuel. All passengers and flight attendants were released. The aircraft then continued to Mobile, Alabama for another refueling stop. The aircraft then continued to Havana.

Sources:
» St. Petersburg Times - Jul 28, 1969


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Distance from El Paso International Airport, TX to Midland/Odessa Regional Airport, TX as the crow flies is 392 km (245 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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