Man Pleads Guilty in '68 Hijacking of Plane from NY to Cuba

Thursday, Mar 18, 2010  |  Updated 12:16 PM EDT
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Man Pleads Guilty in '68 Hijacking of Plane from NY to Cuba

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U.S. citizen accused of hijacking a plane from New York to Cuba 41 years ago has pleaded guilty in Manhattan.

Luis Armando Pena Soltren entered the plea Thursday to charges of conspiracy to commit air piracy, interfering with a flight crew, and kidnapping.

The 67-year-old returned to the United States from Cuba last fall to face the federal charges.

Authorities said he and co-defendants brought pistols and large knives aboard in a baby's diaper bag. The pilots were forced to divert Puerto-Rico bound Pan American Flight 281 from Kennedy Airport to Havana.

The November 1968 flight had 103 passengers and crew aboard.
    

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