Las Vegas Sun
March 12, 2003

Cuban Man Gets 10 Years for Hijacking

                ASSOCIATED PRESS

                NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Cuban man was given a
                10-year prison term Wednesday after pleading guilty
                to the 1980 hijacking of a Delta Air Lines flight to

                Miguel Aguiar Rodriguez had faced a maximum
                sentence of life in prison after pleading guilty to federal
                air piracy and kidnapping. He was arrested in August
                when he appeared under an alias for an appointment
                with the Immigration and Naturalization Service in

                Aguiar and his brother, Roberto, boarded a Delta flight
                in New Orleans, bound for Atlanta, and threatened to
                set fire to bottles containing a flammable liquid, U.S.
                Attorney Jim Letten said. The pilot flew to Havana, the
                hijackers were removed from the plane and the flight,
                with 81 passengers, continued to Atlanta.

                Cuba sentenced Aguiar to four years in prison for the

                Aguiar re-entered the United States with fake ID in
                2000, Letten has said. The FBI has said he lived with
                his daughter in Miami.

                Letten said a death certificate shows that Aguiar's
                brother died last October.