The Miami Herald
January 27, 2001

 California fugitive wanted in 1969 Cuban hijacking returns from Nigeria

 LOS ANGELES -- (AP) -- A California fugitive wanted in the 1969 hijacking of an
 airliner to Cuba has returned to the United States from Nigeria to face charges.

 Byron Vaughn Booth, 56, had been in contact with the U.S. embassy in Lagos in
 recent years to express an interest in returning home, the FBI said in a

 He was arrested with the help of local authorities and flown to Washington, D.C.
 on Friday in the custody of federal marshals, said FBI spokeswoman Cheryl

 Booth and Clinton Robert Smith, another convict, escaped from the California
 Institution for Men in 1969. They were both being held on robbery convictions.

 The day after their escape, they boarded National Airlines flight 64 from Los
 Angeles to Miami, the FBI said. The DC-8, with 23 passengers and seven crew
 members on board, was hijacked while over the Gulf of Mexico.

 Smith was allegedly armed with a small handgun and Booth allegedly simulated
 he had dynamite, the FBI said.

 The plane landed at Camaguey, Cuba, where officials there removed the
 hijackers. Federal warrants for the men were issued in Miami and Los Angeles,
 but Cuban authorities released them.

 The pair reportedly continued on to Algiers, where Smith was rumored to have
 been murdered. His death has never been confirmed and a warrant for his arrest is
 outstanding, the FBI said.

 The California Department of Corrections did not have information on how the men
 escaped from the prison, located 50 miles east of Los Angeles.

 Booth had been serving a sentence of five years to life in prison for a first-degree
 robbery. Smith was serving a five-year sentence for second-degree robbery.

 Booth, who is to be prosecuted in Los Angeles, was to appear before a
 magistrate in Alexandria, Va., on Monday.