Cuban pilot lands in Florida in a Russian plane

AFP

Miami, United States / 21.10.2022 18:50:00

a cuban pilot landed this Friday in the southeast of Floridain USAwith a manufacturing plane Russian and declared himself a deserter, airport authorities reported.

At around 11:30 (15:30 GMT), the pilot arrived aboard a Russian single-engine plane. Antonov AN-2 to the airfield Dade-Collier, located in the Evergladesthe vast wetland reserve that covers South Florida, Miami airport officials said.

“He said he was a deserter from Holy Spirit“, a province in the center of Cuba, specified the same sources.

The middle CyberCubawho was the first to break the news, identified the aviator as Ruben Martinez and said that he worked for the Cuban Air Services Company (ENSA).

Agents of the United States Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP) arrived at the landing site to investigate what happened, the airport sources said.

Many Cubans have tried to reach the united states in recent months after leaving his country, hit by his worst economic crisis in three decades with food, medicine and fuel shortages.

In between October 2021 y august 2022near 200 mil Cubans were intercepted by US authorities, according to the CBPafter entering the border with Mexico or cross the strait Florida in precarious boats.

A fstrong increase compared to the same period of the previous year, when USA intercepted some 30 thousand Cubans.

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