Hijacked and held in Cuba for four days, a Boeing 707 jet-liner with 68 persons aboard arrived at its original destination, Miami, Wednesday (June 2).
MIAMI, FLORIDA, USA (JUNE 2, 1971) (REUTERS)
CV Hijacked airliner arrives Miami and people on tarmac
CU Passenger interviewed SOF starts "Were you ever questioned......" SOF ends: "....all came back."
CU Women passenger SOF starts: "How was it?" SOF ends: "...not so much."
SV Captain and crew seated for interview (HOLD SOUND DOWN)
SV PAN captain and crew seated for interview SOF starts: Captain, were there no...." SOF ends: ..."we don't know."
QUESTION: "Were you over questioned or asked about returning to Cuba?"
MALE PASSENGER: "To Cuba....the ones that were born in Cuba we had five or six people on the flight who were born in Cuba and they were given a few....an hour and a half or two of talk about Cuba what they are doing now and why aren't they coming to Cuba. That type of thing. They were pretty worried about whether they would got out or not."
QUESTION: "How was it?"
WOMAN PASSENGER: "A horrible experience....we were vary nervous but very well breezed....."
QUESTION: "....they took you to night clubs and sight seeing and every thing...How did you find Havana?"
WOMAN PASSENGER: "It's the first time I've been there....so I can't......"
QUESTION: "Did you like it?"
WOMAN PASSENGER: "......no not too much."
QUESTION: ".....Captain were there no security people on the plane at all?"
CAPTAIN: "You mean in flight?......No."
QUESTION: "There's no method to prevent someone with a weapon like that from taking a plane over?"
CAPTAIN: "Wall the weapon he had was hardly considered a weapon as far as they were able to determine at first it was a pen knife about the size of a nail file"
QUESTION: "Did he hold it against the little girl all during the trip to Havana?"
QUESTION: "Why didn't someone try to overcome him Captain?
CAPTAIN: Because we overcome him we don't know who else is back there with a .45 who is going to overcome us."
QUESTION: Can we ask the same question of all the crew members....in the four days that you were there did any of you learn as to why you were held that long....maybe someone else learned it but you didn't?"
QUESTION: "Captain, as commander of your ship did you not ask why you were being held beyond the normal time?"
CAPTAIN: "Yes I did.....the response was, 'we don't know.'"
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Background: Hijacked and held in Cuba for four days, a Boeing 707 jet-liner with 68 persons aboard arrived at its original destination, Miami, Wednesday (June 2).
The 59 passengers and nine crewmen had been held in Havana since Saturday When a 22-year old Venezuelan, Ivan Gustave Garcia Landaetta, brandishing a penknife at the throat of his 13-year-old girl hostage, ordered the aircraft to land in Cuba. It had been enroute to Miami from Caracas, Venezuela.
None of those aboard could explain the length of detention in the Cuban capital. Almost all of the aircraft which have been diverted to Havana in the last 10 years have been permitted to leave within hours of their arrival.
Although official sources have refused comment, it is believed that the ??? and its occupants were held in retaliation for American seizure of bigot Cuban fishermen last week for violation of United States territorial ???ors.