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Last updated: 19 October 2021
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Date:Saturday 16 August 1980
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 46
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 52
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Orlando International Airport, FL (MCO/KMCO), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA90
Narrative:
Within minutes of takeoff a man ran up and down the aisle holding a small deodorant bottle and indicated it contained gasoline. Another held a toy with a radio antenna saying it contained a bomb. Four others held bottles of clear liquid claiming it was gasoline. They demanded flight to Cuba. Two gained access to the cockpit while the others remained in the cabin. Upon arrival at Havana, they were taken into custody by Cuban authorities.
Reportedly sentenced in Cuba to 2 to 4 years

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Aug 17, 1980


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Orlando International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 308 km (193 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networks 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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