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Cuban skyjacker surrenders in Key West

A hijacked Cubana Airlines plane with as many as 31 passengers and crew aboard arrived safely without incident at Key West Tuesday after a short flight from Cuba. The plane was escorted by an F-16 from an Air Force Reserve base in Homestead, Fla., for most of the flight from Havana. A military helicopter was also dispatched to the Key West airport. The hijacker, who has not been identified, surrendered to Monroe County sheriff’s deputies. He faces the possibility of a 20-year jail sentence if he is convicted of hijacking. Cuban authorities said the Russian-built Antonov-24 was commandeered on a flight from Nueva Gerona on the Isle of Youth, off Cuba’s southern coast, to Havana by a man with two hand grenades. It was forced to land and spend the night in Havana because it did not have enough fuel to get to Florida. Full Story

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