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Last updated: 21 October 2021
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Date:Monday 8 September 1980
Type:Boeing 727
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 82
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 89
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Tampa, Havana (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Destination airport:Tampa International Airport, FL (TPA/KTPA), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA161
Narrative:
Eastern Air Lines flight 161 from Albany to New York, Tampa and Sarasota, was hijacked on the flight leg to Tampa.
A homesick Cuban housepainter carried what he suggested was a Molotov cocktail and demanded to be flown to Havana.
The hijacker surrendered after the aircraft arrived at Havana Airport.

Classification:
Hijack

Sources:
» Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Sep 9, 1980


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Distance from New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY to Tampa International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1608 km (1005 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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