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Last updated: 24 September 2021
Datum:Montag 8 September 1980
Flugzeugtyp:Boeing 727
Fluggesellschaft:Eastern Air Lines
Kennzeichen: registration unknown
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 7
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 82
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 89
Sachschaden: nicht beschädigt
Unfallort:Tampa, Havana (   Kuba)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), USA
Flug nach:Tampa International Airport, FL (TPA/KTPA), USA
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.

» 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).

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