Angola: Freedom for an Errant Flyer

Freedom for an Errant Flyer

Joseph Longo, 33, a civilian American pilot, was turned over to a U.S. congressional delegation visiting Angola last week after he spent nearly ten weeks in captivity. Longo's Beechcraft Bonanza was forced down by an Angolan jet fighter last April over Namibia, where the plane was scheduled to be delivered. "The treatment got better as time went on," Longo said of his detention. When he arrived in the U.S., however, Longo cited "bad food, lice and lizards" as hardships that he endured.

Angolan officials described his release as a "goodwill gesture," presumably to smooth the way to the establishment of diplomatic...

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