1971 : Pontiac Native Hijacks Plane to Cuba

October 9, 2021 all-day

Pontiac native Richard Dixon hijacked an Eastern Air Lines plane to fly him from Detroit to Cuba on Oct. 9, 1971. He was arrested a little more than four years later and subsequently found guilty of murdering a west Michigan police officer. Dixon is currently imprisoned in Michigan’s Kinross Correctional Facility in the Upper Peninsula.

For the full article, see Zlati Meyer, “This week in Michigan history: Pontiac native hijacks plane for a lift to Cuba”, Detroit Free Press, October 7, 2012.

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