Cargo plane with Cubans lands in Key West
BY JENNIFER BABSON
KEY WEST - A group of 10 Cubans landed at Key West International Airport this morning on what authorities said was a small Russian-made cargo plane.
The single engine Antonov, which was escorted to the Key West
airport by two U.S. fighters, landed at 10:41 a.m. Key West Airport manager
said the airport had advanced knowledge the planc was coming, "but not much, just a few minutes.''
Horton said the 10 Cubans -- the pilot, eight adults and a small
child -- left the ramp accompanied by officers from the U.S. Immigration
Service. The Cubans' identities were not inmediately available.
Horton said the yellow and white Antonov appeared to be a cargo plane, or possibly a cropduster.
''When we got the call that they were on the say they were already
in our [landing] pattern,'' said Horton, who added officials didn't know
yet where the
''It's our understanding that this is a defection, not a hijacking,'' Horton said. "The aircraft is not configured for passengers, it's configured for cargo."