Defecting Cuban pilot safely lands plane on isolated Everglades strip

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Defecting Cuban pilot safely lands plane on isolated Everglades strip

The mass exodus from Cuba took an unusual twist Friday, when a pilot in an old Soviet-era cropduster took off from the island just 90 miles south of Key West and landed somewhere west of Krome Avenue in the Everglades.

“Somebody from Cuba took a plane and just landed it in the Everglades,” said U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Rachel Torres. “It’s one guy and he appears to be okay.”

Miami-Dade Police said the aircraft landed about 30 miles west of Krome at the Dade Collier Training and Transitional Airport, a strip that was the the site of a planned massive Everglades Jetport that was derailed over environmental concerns in 1970.

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