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Last updated: 24 July 2021
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Date:Friday 10 April 1981
Type:Airbus A300B
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: registration unknown
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 148
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-La Guardia Airport, NY (LGA/KLGA), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flightnumber:EA17
Narrative:
While enroute the hijacker went to the rear of the aircraft and grabbed a flight attendant around the neck. In the other hand he held a small plastic bottle containing flammable liquid. The flight attendant broke away. The hijacker then lit the flammable liquid. A torch-like fire started. Flight attendants using CO2 fire extinguishers put out the fire and sprayed the hijacker. Two passengers then attacked the hijacker and were assisted by flight attendants. As a result of the spraying and the struggle the hijacker died of asphyxiation prior to the time the aircraft landed at Miami.

Classification:
Hijack


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Distance from New York-La Guardia Airport, NY to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1756 km (1098 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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