A pilot Cuban fled and landed in the hours of this Friday, October 21, in the southeast of Florida, USAwith a plane originally russian, declaring deserter, according to airport authorities.
As indicated by officials of airport of Miami, the event took place around 11:30 am (15:30 GMT), the pilot came aboard a plane single engine russian Antonov AN-2 to the aerodrome of Dade-Collier, located in the Everglades, a huge wetland reserve that is located in the south of the state.
The sources specified: «He said he was a deserter from Sancti Spíritus», a province of center of Cuba.
Cuban pilot fled Cuba in a small plane and landed in Florida
The CiberCuba media outlet, which was the first to share the news, identified the pilot What Ruben Martinezwho would have worked for the Cuban Air Services Company (ENSA).
The Antonov An-2 belonging to the Cuban Air Services Company in which Martínez fled, is usually used to fumigate sugar cane and rice crops, according to CiberCuba. For now it is unknown what will happen to Rubén Martínez.
In USA, air piracy is a crime, in most cases, and involves a process of trial, conviction and deportation. Although, it is worth mentioning that this time it is not a passenger plane.
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Agents belonging to the Office of Customs and Border Protection of the United States (CBP) arrived at the scene of landing in order to investigate what happened.
A dream of many Cubans
A fairly large group of Cubans have tried to reach the United States in recent months after leaving their country, which has been going through an economic crisis for three decades with food, medicine and fuel shortages.
Between the months between October 2021 and August 2022, according to CBP, nearly 200,000 Cubans were intercepted by the US authorities, after entering the border with Mexico or cross the strait Florida in precarious boats.
This has been a very notable increase, compared to the same period of previous year, where the American country intercepted about 30,000 Cubans.
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