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National Airlines Hijacking From 1968

Thu May 02, 2013 8:38 pm

I just came across this photo that details a hijacking that I feel I should have heard of, but haven't

The plane was forced to fly to Cuba, but the pax were held hostage down there. The plane flew back with only the crew. How did this end?

I looked here, I thought it would have made this list, but no.

Love this line:

US airplane hijackings headed for Cuba became so common the FBI considered setting up a fake Havana airport in southern Florida to trick hijackers into thinking they had arrived in Cuba


So how long were the pax stuck down in Cuba?
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RE: National Airlines Hijacking From 1968

Sun May 12, 2013 5:05 am

I googled "National Airlines Flight 1064" and this is the link to the search results page When you go to that page, click on the first link at the top.

A typical skyjacking of the day was the incident involving National Airlines Flight 1064 from Los Angeles to Miami. After a stopover in Houston, a Cuban identifying himself as R. Hernandez seized a stewardess, using a gun and an object wrapped in a handkerchief which was believed to be a grenade. "Fidel ordered me back to Havana, dead or alive" Hernandez reportedly said in Spanish. The pilot convinced the hijacker that the aircraft required a fuel stop in New Orleans before attempting the flight to Cuba. The New Orleans Police believed that they could not attempt recovery of the aircraft without risking the lives of the crew and passengers. The flight continued to Havana, where Hernandez revealed that his hand grenade was in reality a bottle of Old Spice aftershave lotion. Cuban authorities apprehended Hernandez, and released the crew to return the aircraft to Miami. A DC-6 chartered by the U.S. government returned the passengers to the U.S.

The second link on that results page gives the date of the hijacking as July 17, 1968. I'm not sure how long the passengers were in Cuba before returning to the U.S. but it probably wasn't very long.

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RE: National Airlines Hijacking From 1968

Sun May 12, 2013 1:21 pm

In 68 and 69 it seemed there was an aircraft hijacked to Cuba every week


15 in 1968, 34 in 1969.