ASN Aircraft accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9 registration unknown Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV)
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Date:Thursday 6 November 1980
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 54
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 59
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Caracas Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Destination airport:Puerto Ordaz Airport (PZO/SVPR), Venezuela
The hijackers seized the aircraft shortly after leaving Caracas. They claimed to have explosives in a bottle which was wrapped In a gasoline soaked cloth and demanded to be flown to Cuba or they would blow up the plane. They splashed gasoline on the floor and threatened to put fire to it. The aircraft landed at Curacao, Netherlands Antilles was refueled and flew onto Havana, Cuba where the hijackers were taken into custody by Cuban authorities.


» St. Petersburg Times - Nov 7, 1980


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Distance from Caracas Airport to Puerto Ordaz Airport as the crow flies is 528 km (330 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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