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Last updated: 10 May 2021
Datum:Montag 1 März 1982
Flugzeugtyp:Boeing 727
Fluggesellschaft:United Airlines
Kennzeichen: registration unknown
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 97
Sachschaden: nicht beschädigt
Unfallort:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Chicago-O'Hare International Airport, IL (ORD/KORD), USA
Flug nach:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), USA
About 30 minutes prior to arrival at Miami, FL, a passenger told a flight attendant he wanted to go to Cuba, that his mother had died in Cuba recently, and that he had a bomb. He held a small bottle containing liquid and a cigarette lighter. He threatened to start a fire if his demand was not met. The pilot announced that they would fly to Cuba but actually landed in Miami.
When the hijacker learned that they had not landed in Cuba, he became very agitated. When the pilot distracted the hijacker, a passenger attacked him, and with the assistance of the pilot and other passengers, overpowered him.
The police then boarded and took the hijacker into custody. Charges were dismissed due to mental incompetence.


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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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