Cuba's Downing of 2 US Civilian Airplanes

February 26, 1996


U.N. Security Council pushing for U.S. to place blame on Cuba; Cuba accuses US of lying and says they can prove the planes were inside Cuban airspace at the time, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry was responding directly to U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher’s statements that the planes were over international waters at the time, Cuba says it has a pilot from "Brothers to the Rescue" a Miami based pilots group whose planes were involved in the incident.

Segment Subjects: Cuba, US, planes, 400 computers, seized, border, proof, airspace, shot down, surveillance, lies, actions, international, country, violations, waters, Brothers to the Rescue, group, officials, political, government, aircraft, no survivors, hostile, rafters, Jorge Mascanoza, hunger fast, six days, confiscated, election, foreign policy, caravan.


- Miguel Nunez, member of the Cuba Interest Section in Washington, DC; - Ret. Adm. Eugene Carroll, Center for Defense Information; - Saul Landau, Pacifica News Analyst and a Cuba Expert, - Rev. Lucius Walker (on the phone) from the Mexico/US border, founder of Pastors for Peace