A 29-year-old Cuban pilot flew a Soviet-era biplane to freedom in Florida Friday — and promptly took a selfie when he landed.
Miami Worldwide Airport officers stated the single-engine Antonov An-2 airplane touched down at Dade-Collier Coaching and Transition Airport round 11:30 a.m., NBC 6 reported.
The pilot had radioed that he was operating low on gas earlier than touchdown on the strip close to Tamiami Path in the midst of the Florida Everglades, in response to 7 Information Miami.
His first act on American soil was to take a selfie with the airplane within the background.
Members of the family recognized the pilot as Ruben Martinez, in response to NBC 6.
Martinez stated he’d flown from Sancti Spiritus, Cuba, officers stated.
Mates advised NBC 6 that he used the airplane for work, primarily for crop dusting.
Martinez was taken in for questioning by Customs and Border Patrol officers.
Ruben Martinez beforehand used his previous airplane for crop dusting in Cuba.Fb/The Latin American Aviaters
Cubans have been leaving the island in droves in latest months, however most flee by boat. Many have been struggling on account of meals and medication shortages and fixed energy outages, which persist following a critical blow from Hurricane Ian in late September.
Martinez’s mom advised the station from Cuba that she didn’t know her son deliberate to depart the Communist-controlled island. Authorities got here to her residence when the information broke, however she wasn’t detained, she stated.
“These are choices he made,” she stated. “I don’t agree with them. I’m from this nation, I’m an previous girl set in my methods, however the youth make their very own choices and comply with their path.”
Ruben Martinez’s mom was utterly unaware he defected from Cuba.
Ruben Martinez flew a single-engine Antonov An-2 airplane to defect from Cuba.
Because the starting of October, the Border Patrol has taken nearly 500 folks from Cuba into custody, most of whom arrived within the Florida Keys, crusing on do-it-yourself, unseaworthy boats. The U.S. Coast Guard stated it has intercepted 748 Cuban migrants alongside the Florida Straits, the Miami Herald reported.