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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Friday 13 November 1970
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 74
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 78
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Jacksonville, Havana (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU), United States of America
Destination airport:Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America
Eastern Air Lines flight 257 was hijacked at 09:30 hours EST, 21 minutes after takeoff from Raleigh/Durham Airport, North Carolina.
The hijacker demanded to be taken to Cuba. The pilot made refueling stop at Jacksonville, Florida, before proceeding to Cuba. The aircraft arrived at Havana at 11:57 hours EST.


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Distance from Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, GA as the crow flies is 568 km (355 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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