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Hijacked Plane Flies From Cuba

September 19, 2000

MIAMI (AP) _ A Russian-made float plane carrying at least 14 people was hijacked Tuesday and was flying from Cuba to the United States, aviation officials said.

``We don’t know if it’s coming to Miami. It might go down to the Keys. It’s got limited fuel,″ said Miami-Dade Aviation Department spokeswoman Cynthia Paul.

The plane, an An-2 Colt designed to land on water, disappeared from U.S. radar shortly before 11 a.m., said Lauren Gail Stover, associate director of Miami-Dade County Aviation Department.

``Apparently it was hijacked, and the pilot indicated they only had 1 1/2 hours fuel,″ Stover said.

The hijacking was not immediately reported by Cuba’s state media and there was no immediate response from Cuban officials.

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