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Last updated: 19 September 2019
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Date:Sunday 29 October 1972
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 47
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX (IAH/KIAH), United States of America
Destination airport:Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA496
Narrative:
Four hijackers killed a ticket agent and wounded a ramp serviceman while forcing their way aboard. They demanded to be taken to Cuba.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Houston-Intercontinental Airport, TX to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, GA as the crow flies is 1101 km (688 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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