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Jets scrambled to intercept hijackers

Two Air Force F-15 fighter jets were scrambled to intercept a Cuban DC-3 commuter plane that was hijacked from Cuba to Key West, officials said Thursday. The hijacked plane with 37 people aboard was spotted Wednesday night 30 miles from Key West by the Federal Aviation Administration and was escorted to the local airport by the two fighters from Homestead (Fla.) Air Force Reserve base and a U.S. Customs Blackhawk helicopter. “The two jets shadowed the plane until it landed in Key West,” said Lt. Col. Barry Venable, spokesman for the North American Air Defense Command. When the commuter plane landed, six people were taken into custody for allegedly used knives to hijack the Aerotaxi flight from Youth Island south of Cuba to Havana. “There wasn’t much force at all. The hijackers were relatively cooperative,” said Becky Herrin, spokeswoman for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. Full Story

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