• Short Summary

    TWO CUBAN AIR FORCE PILOTS COMMANDEERED A RUSSIAN-MADE HELICOPTER SHORTLY AFTER IT LIFTED OFF FROM HAVANA ON FRIDAY.

  • Description

    TWO CUBAN AIR FORCE PILOTS COMMANDEERED A RUSSIAN-MADE HELICOPTER SHORTLY AFTER IT LIFTED OFF FROM HAVANA ON FRIDAY. THEY KILLED ITS PILOT IN A COCKPIT GUN BATTLE, AND FLEW TO KEY WEST, FLORIDA, WHERE THEY ASKED FOR POLITICAL ASYLUM.

    THE DEFECTORS WERE IDENTIFIED AS 20-YEAR-OLD GUILLERMO SANTOS AND 20-YEAR-OLD ANDRES IZAGUIRRE. THE SLAIN PILOT WAS IDENTIFIED AS 20-YEAR-OLD JOSE GARCIA. THE NEGRO GUNNER WHO WAS ASKED TO BE RETURNED TO CUBA WAS 17-YEAR-OLD ROQUE.

    THE TWO DEFECTORS SAY IZAGUIRRE LEAPT ABOARD THE HELICOPTER AS IT PREPARED TO LIFT OFF, AND JOINED THE OTHER DEFECTOR, THE CO-PILOT. THEY FAILED TO PERSUADE THE PILOT TO JOIN THE PLOT WHICH THEY HAD PLANNED FOR SOME TIME. THE MEN TRIED TO RELIEVE HIM OF HIS AUTOMATIC PISTOL AND IN A VIOLENT STRUGGLE WHICH FOLLOWED, THE PILOT WAS KILLED.

    THE DEFECTORS HEADED FOR FLORIDA AND KEPT THE GUNNER AT BAY AT HIS POST. STARTLED AIRPORT OFFICIALS SAW THE GUNNER JUMPS THE HELICOPTER ON LANDING.

    AUTHORITIES ARE NOW TRYING TO DECIDE HOW TO RETURN THE BULLET-RIDDLED HELICOPTER, THE DEAD PILOT AND GUNNER TO CUBA. POLICE SAY NO HOMICIDE CHARGES WILL BE PLACED AGAINST THE TWO CUBANS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5AFW33HNM8FY85P5T1JR3OJ4S
    Media URN:
    VLVA5AFW33HNM8FY85P5T1JR3OJ4S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/03/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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