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Last updated: 16 October 2021
Date:Friday 1 May 1970
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:British West Indian Airways - BWIA
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 63
Aircraft damage: Unknown
Location:Havana Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kingston-Palisadoes International Airport (KIN/MKJP), Jamaica
Destination airport:Grand Cayman Island-Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM/MWCR), Cayman Islands
Two passengers stood up and hijacked the flight, using a knife and gun. They demanded to be taken to Algeria, but this was beyond the range of the aircraft.
The flight diverted to Havana, Cuba, where the hijackers demanded that the plane be refuelled and flown to Algiers for a meeting with American Author Eldridge Cleaver, a Black Panther who was living there in exile.
Upon arrival at Havana, the aircraft was met by armed troops. The hijackers surrendered.




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Distance from Kingston-Palisadoes International Airport to Grand Cayman Island-Owen Roberts International Airport as the crow flies is 502 km (314 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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