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Last updated: 19 September 2021
Datum:Freitag 1 Mai 1970
Flugzeugtyp:Boeing 727
Fluggesellschaft:British West Indian Airways - BWIA
Kennzeichen: registration unknown
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen:
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 63
Sachschaden: Unbekannt
Unfallort:Havana Airport (HAV) (   Kuba)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Kingston-Palisadoes International Airport (KIN/MKJP), Jamaika
Flug nach:Grand Cayman Island-Owen Roberts International Airport (GCM/MWCR), Cayman Island
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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