UI Lockheed L-1011 TriStar ,
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Date:Saturday 16 August 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic L101 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed L-1011 TriStar
Owner/operator:Delta Air Lines
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 165
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Havana -   Cuba
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:San Juan (unknown airport)
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA)
About one hour and 30 minutes after takeoff the hijacker carrying three 32 ounce bottles in a box and a cigarette lighter demanded that the aircraft be flown to Cuba or he would burn the aircraft. He claimed to have three accomplices aboard who also had bottles of gasoline. The hijacker allowed the crew to confirm the presence of gasoline by smelling his hand after he poured some of the liquid from one of the bottles on it. The aircraft was flown to Havana where the hijacker was taken into custody by Cuban authorities. Reportedly sentenced In Cuba to 4 years.


Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Aug 17, 1980

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