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Last updated: 27 October 2021
Date:Monday 31 December 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-10
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: registration unknown
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 185
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 198
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) (   Cuba)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport (STX/TISX), U.S. Virgin Islands
Destination airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
A prisoner under escort of three Virgin Island Correction Bureau armed law enforcement officers hijacked the DC-10 to Cuba. The hijacking began while the aircraft was en-route to New York from the Virgin Islands. The prisoner made numerous trips to the aft lavatory feigning sickness; after the last trip, he came out
of the lavatory with a pistol, disarmed the three guards and forced the aircraft to land in Havana. Allegedly, the pistol was placed in the lavatory by person(s) unknown in St. Croix. Upon arrival in Cuba, the hijacker was taken into custody.


» Record-Journal - Jan 2, 1985


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Distance from Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport to New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY as the crow flies is 2676 km (1673 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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