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Last updated: 25 October 2021
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Date:Friday 10 July 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic L101 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 192
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA71
Narrative:
Shortly before arrival at Miami, two Latin males broke into the cockpit holding 3 small bottles with burning wicks protruding. They demanded to be flown to Havana, Cuba. After arrival at Havana they were taken Into custody by Cuban officials. Reportedly the 2 hijackers were sentenced In Cuba to 10 years in prison.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1917 km (1198 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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