BLOWN OUT OF THE SKY

CUBAN MIGS DOWN TWO CIVILIAN PLANES, FURTHER STRAINING WASHINGTON'S RELATIONS WITH CASTRO

CARLOS COSTA, A YOUNG, GOOD-LOOKING pilot, was used to Cuban fighter jets buzzing his plane when he searched for Cuban refugees afloat on the Caribbean. Costa was a member of a Miami-based group called Brothers to the Rescue, which tried to spot boat people from the sky. "You have to be a bit adventurous and nutty to do it," he told a TIME correspondent before a mission two years ago. "But there's nothing like saving a life." Last Saturday afternoon, Costa almost certainly gave his own life when Cuban MiGs shot down two Cessna Skymasters belonging to Brothers to the Rescue....

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