Fugitive Arrested in 1968 Hijacking of Flight to Cuba





NEW YORK — A man wanted for hijacking a flight out of New York 40 years ago was arrested Sunday after arriving on a flight from Cuba, federal authorities said.

Longtime fugitive Luis Armando Pena Soltren was wanted for his role in the Nov. 24, 1968, hijacking of a Pan Am flight bound for Puerto Rico. The 66-year-old Soltren was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport, authorities said.

Soltren was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Manhattan on a 1968 indictment.

"As the 1968 charges allege, he terrorized dozens of passengers when he and his cohorts wielded pistols and knives to hijack Pan American flight 281," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement Sunday.

A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors would not say how Soltren came to the U.S. The FBI didn't immediately return a call requesting comment.

It was at JFK airport in 1968 that Soltren and accomplices boarded the Pan Am flight and hijacked it, according to an indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan. The flight, bound for San Juan, Puerto Rico, was diverted to Havana, Cuba.


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