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Last updated: 27 October 2021
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Date:Wednesday 13 August 1980
Type:Boeing 737
Operator:Air Florida
Registration: registration unknown
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 74
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Key West International Airport, FL (EYW/KEYW), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flightnumber:QH707
Narrative:
The aircraft was hijacked by 7 Cuban refugees, wanting to return to Cuba. Shortly after takeoff en route to Miami the hijackers poured gasoline in the aisle and on other parts of the aircraft. They then moved up and down the aisle with lighters and matches shouting "Cuba". The pilot made an unsuccessful attempt to convince them to return to Key West and then flew to Havana where the hijackers were taken into custody by Cuban officials. Reportedly sentenced in Cuba to 3 years.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from Key West International Airport, FL to Miami 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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