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Hijacking description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 9 August 1961
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-8
Operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 72
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 81
Airplane damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX/MMMX), Mexico
Destination airport:Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport (GUA/MGGT), Guatemala
Flightnumber:PA501
Narrative:
One hijacker demanded to be taken to Cuba. Duration of the hijacking: less than 1 day.



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Distance from Mexico City-Benito Juárez International Airport to Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport as the crow flies is 1050 km (656 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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