• Short Summary

    Fourteen Cuban refugees landed in Homestead, Florida on Thursday (August 16), violently ill after a tense two hour flight from Cuba across the Florida straits in a stolen crop dusting plane loaded with poisonous insecticide.

  • Description


    Various shots of plane with cu's of broken windows, shots of refugees in bus.



    WS PLANE POLICE CAR FOREGROUND
    0.03


    MCU PLANE
    0.05


    CU 3 SHOTS BROKEN WINDOWS
    0.12


    MS INTERIOR PLANE CLOSE UP INSECTERICIDE CONTAINER
    0.19


    INTERIOR PLANE PAN TO CLOSE UP OF BROKEN WINDOWS (MS)
    0.27


    CU EMBLEM ON BUS (D???E COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY)
    0.29


    MS TWO SHOTS EXTERIOR ON BUS
    0.33


    MS TWO SHOTS INTERIOR OF PEOPLE IN BUS
    0.44


    MS PLANE
    0.48


    MS BROKEN WINDOW ZOOM TO CLOSE UP
    0.52


    WS PLANE PEOPLE IN FOREGROUND
    0.57



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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Fourteen Cuban refugees landed in Homestead, Florida on Thursday (August 16), violently ill after a tense two hour flight from Cuba across the Florida straits in a stolen crop dusting plane loaded with poisonous insecticide.

    The Cubans, armed with three pistols and a rifle, landed the big yellow biplane at nine in the morning and immediately requested political asylum. They had a fighter-jet escort into Florida.

    The plane, a Russian-built AN-2 converted to a crop duster, was loaded with Parathion, an insecticide so deadly that it has been banned form agricultural use in South Florida. An 18-year-old passenger said that the Parathion had made them so sick that they had to break to some of the windows in order to breathe.

    There were five men, five women, a teen-age boy and three children aboard the single-engine plane. They were all taken to Miami's "Freedom House" for processing by the U.S. Immigration authorities. They were met there by doctors from the local Poison Control Center after some of them became ill shortly after landing. None of them died.

    The pilot of the plane said that he had to fly very low over the water to avoid Cuban radar. He said, "Three times the wheels touched the water."

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAEXF39MUP6J1QPGU3W9FN5L1Z5
    Media URN:
    VLVAEXF39MUP6J1QPGU3W9FN5L1Z5
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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