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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Datum:maandag 18 augustus 1980
Type:McDonnell Douglas DC-9
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Eastern Air Lines
Registratie: registration unknown
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden:
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden:
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 59
Schade: Geen
Plaats:Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA (ATL) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Melbourne International Airport, FL (MLB/KMLB), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), Verenigde Staten
Just prior to landing at Atlanta a flight attendant received a two page note written by the hijacker. In the note he claimed to have a bomb in the baggage compartment and a remote control device to detonate it. He demanded $3.4 million, release of two prisoners and flight to Cuba. He held a taped up paper bag with small pull-type firecrackers and keys on the outside. He also claimed to have explosives attached to his leg. Since the aircraft was on final approach the pilot landed at Atlanta where the crew and other passengers deplaned. The local police boarded and took the hijacker into custody.
The paper bag contained only balloons. His checked baggage contained a handgun and bullets but no explosives. Air piracy charges dismissed due to mental incompetence.


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Melbourne International Airport, FL en Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA bedraagt 709 km (443 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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