LATIN AMERICA: The Exile Bombers

A few minutes after taking off from Barbados airport on Oct. 6, the pilot of Cubana de Aviación Flight 455 radioed that there had been an explosion on his plane and that he was heading back. He never made it. Carrying 73 passengers and crew, including Cuba's crack Olympic fencing team, the flaming DC-8 nosedived into the Caribbean. There were no survivors.

The sabotage of the Cuban jet produced some intriguing international ripples. In Havana, an angry Fidel Castro blamed the bombing on the CIA and announced that he was suspending the 1973...

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