MIAMI — Two small airplanes piloted by a Cuban exile group resumed search-and-rescue flights Saturday, six months after Cuban MIGs shot down two unarmed exile airplanes between Florida and Cuba.
The two Cessna planes left the Opa-Locka Airport on Saturday morning to fly over the Florida Straits and help any Cuban rafters trying to flee the island.
The airplanes also planned to toss flower wreaths over the site of the February attack, in which four exile pilots died. Cuba said the two planes were shot down over its territory, but the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organization concluded that the attack took place over international waters.
One of the passengers aboard the planes Saturday was Jose Basulto, a controversial Cuban exile who heads the group Brothers to the Rescue.