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Hijacking description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 14 June 1983
Type:Silhouette image of generic A30B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A300B4
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 95
Airplane damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA414
Narrative:
Shortly after takeoff, the hijacker displayed a small bottle of liquid to a flight attendant and yelled "Cuba" several times. He then went to the rear of the aircraft and locked himself in the lavatory. When the flight attendant asked him what the problem was, he opened the door slightly to show the bottle of liquid and indicated that he could destroy the aircraft. He then handed a flight attendant a note in which he demanded to be flown to Cuba. The captain diverted the aircraft to Havana, Cuba. The hijacker was taken into custody by Cuban authorities.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to New York-La Guardia Airport, NY as the crow flies is 1757 km (1098 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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