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Date:Thursday 18 August 1983
Type:Boeing 727
Owner/operator:Delta Air Lines
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 79
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana-José Martí International Airport (HAV) -   Cuba
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA)
Destination airport:Tampa International Airport, FL (TPA/KTPA)
A few minutes after takeoff from Miami, FL a male passenger stood up and shouted "Tell them to take this national to Cuba". He displayed a plastic bottle containing a liquid that smelled like either kerosene or gasoline. Reportedly, he poured the liquid over his own head and doused his clothing and the seat he occupied. He lit a candle and then seated himself. He remained seated during the flight, keeping a candle burning continuously while holding it slightly in front of him or above his head. The captain
was advised and diverted the aircraft to Havana, Cuba. At Havana, Cuban authorities boarded the aircraft and took custody of the hijacker and his possessions.



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