Cuban pilot strays and lands in South Florida in an old Russian plane

A Cuban pilot landed this Friday in a airport in south florida (United States), driving an old Russian-made plane, authorities reported.

The Antonov An-2 single-engine biplane landed at Dade-Collier Transition and Training Airport around 11:30 am local time.

The airfield of Dade-Collier It is located near the immense wetland of the Florida Everglades, close to the road that leads from Miami to Tampa, known as the Tamiami Trail.

The Cuban pilot said he flew from Sancti Spíritus, a province in central Cuba located more than 400 kilometers east of Havana, Miami International Airport officials said.

The United States Customs and Border Protection Office launched an investigation into what happened.

The digital medium CiberCuba identified the pilot as Ruben Martinez and showed images of the small plane, yellow and blue, stopped at the edge of the airfield runway.

According to CiberCuba, Martínez was a pilot for the Cuban Air Services Company (ENSA).

The circumstances in which he took control of the plane to divert it from its trajectory are unknown.

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The Antonov An-2, also called Annushkais a single-engine biplane originally from the 1940s and was the first model in the Antonov range of aircraft, which also operate in commercial aviation.

The model that landed in Florida is generally used as light transport with capacity for 12 passengers, skydiving and agricultural work.

The number of Cubans arriving in the United States by land and sea has skyrocketed to historic levels over the past year.

So far in October, the authorities have intercepted more than 400 people at sea, aboard rudimentary boats.

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