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Hijacking description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:
Date:Tuesday 26 October 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic L188 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-188A Electra
Operator:National Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 28
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Airplane damage: None
Location:Key West International Airport, FL (EYW) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Key West International Airport, FL (EYW/KEYW), United States of America
Flightnumber: 209
Narrative:
A young Cuban hijacked the plane using a pellet gun. He wanted to be flown to Havana to rescue his family. He was overpowered by crew members using a fire axe.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) overpowered by occupants

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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Key West International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 201 km (125 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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