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.
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MS INTERIOR PLANE CLOSE UP INSECTERICIDE CONTAINER
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CU EMBLEM ON BUS (D???E COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY)
MS TWO SHOTS EXTERIOR ON BUS
MS TWO SHOTS INTERIOR OF PEOPLE IN BUS
MS BROKEN WINDOW ZOOM TO CLOSE UP
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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."