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Last updated: 23 October 2021
Date:Friday 12 September 1980
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 79
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 85
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Miami, FL (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
A 24-year old male passenger demanded to be flown to Cuba, while holding two candles that were painted to look like dynamite. At that time the flight was 100 miles north of the destination Miami.
While he was taking over the intercom to the pilots, two passengers knocked the hijacker down and overpowered him. The flight continued to Miami.


» Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sep 13, 1980


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Distance from Newark International Airport, NJ to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1739 km (1087 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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