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Cuban migrants land at Key West International Airport aboard a hang glider, deputies say

Two Cuban migrants landed at Key West International Airport on a motorized hang glider at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Officials at the airport gather on the runway near the ultralight aircraft.

Two Cuban migrants landed at Key West International Airport on a motorized hang glider at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Officials at the airport gather on the runway near the ultralight aircraft.

Two Cuban migrants took a novel approach to making a 90 mile journey to Key West.

According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the two men illegally landed a powered hang glider at the Key West International Airport around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Two Cuban migrants landed at Key West International Airport on a motorized hang glider at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Officials at the airport gather on the runway near the ultralight aircraft, pictured here.
Two Cuban migrants landed at Key West International Airport on a motorized hang glider at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Officials at the airport gather on the runway near the ultralight aircraft, pictured here. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

The men were not injured and were turned over to U.S. Border Patrol officials by the Keys deputies.

“There were no interruptions in service and operations continue as normal,” said Richard Strickland, the director of airports, in a statement released by Key West Airport.

The sheriff’s department has not released details on the flight.

Two Cuban migrants landed at Key West International Airport on a motorized hang glider at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. This is the aircraft.
Two Cuban migrants landed at Key West International Airport on a motorized hang glider at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. This is the aircraft. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

Two Cuban migrants landed at Key West International Airport on a motorized hang glider at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Officials at the airport removed the ultralight aircraft from the runway.
Two Cuban migrants landed at Key West International Airport on a motorized hang glider at approximately 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 25, 2023, according to Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. Officials at the airport removed the ultralight aircraft from the runway. Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is released.

This story was originally published March 25, 2023, 1:34 PM.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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