Narrative:Marco Island Airways Flight 39 departed Miami, FL (MIA) on a domestic flight to Key West, FL (EYW) At 20:27 the flight was about 60 miles northeast of Key West when two passengers began shouting that they wanted to be flown to Cuba. They poured gasoline on the floor and seats.
While flying to Cuba one of the hijackers continued to pour the gasoline on the seats and floor and on a passenger. He also attempted to light his cigarette lighter. No flame resulted but sparks were observed.
The flight diverted to Havana, Cuba were the hijackers were taken into custody by Cuban officials. They were reportedly sentenced in Cuba to 15 years.
» Times Daily - Jul 23, 1982Sample newspaper article from Newspaperarchive.com
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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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.