The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, June 13, 1979-Page 5
1969 DEFECTOR SUSPECTED
Cuban fingered in
Jimenez, then 27, left Cuba in a MiG-17
MIAMI (AP) - Eduardo Guerra fighter, flew across the Florida Straits
Jimenez, who fled hia native Cuba in a at wave-top level and slipped past anti-
stolen MIG jet fighter 10 years ago, may aircraft missile batteries to land at
have made the trip back home by Homestead Air Force Base.
hijacking a U.S. jumbo jet to Havana, The plane, its cannons armed, landed
authorities said yesterday. not far from then-President Richard
The State Department stopped ahort Nixon's airplane. Nixon was 30 miles
of saying that the 1969 defector and the away at his Key Biscayne retreat.
1979 hijacker were the same man, but IN A STATEMENT in Washington,
similarities between the two were the State Department said the hijacker
remarkable - including the same had been identified positively as
name. Eduardo Guerra Jimenez and was of
A bearded, stocky man who claimed Cuban origin. The department added,
to have a bag of explosives took over a however, that it could not say for sure
Delta Airlines flight after it left New whether the same Guerra was involved
York for Fort Lauderdale, Fla., late whther ts.
Monday said FBI agent William Net- Late yesterday, a State Department
tlHE L-ses CARRYING 194 spokesperson in Washington, asking not
pasaengers and 12 crew members flew to be identified, said, "There is no doubt
to Havana where Cuhan authorities led in my mind" the same Guerra was in-
te Haanakwerewanaduhorits. led volved. No official confirmation was
the hijacker away in nhandcuffsmade, however, and a spokesman in the
Cuban President Fidel Castro repor- New York office of the FBI said that
tedly came to Jose Marti Airport and meeting legal criteria for making such
personally supervised as the big jet and a confirmation would be unlikely before
its passengers were allowed to leave. teday.
The plane returned to Miami at 2:10 In Miami, FBI agent Bill Hayes said
a.m. yesterday. no U.S. warrant had been issued
It was the first time in four and one- because the FBI had not positively
half years that a U.S. plane had been identified the hijacker. He said the
hijacked to Cuba. hijacker had identified himself in
AND IF THE hijacker was the same Havana as Eduardo Guerra Jimenez
man who defected from the Cuban air ana as Edur yedurr Ji e
force in 1969, it would mean Guerra had and that the name was relayed to the
twice befuddled sophisticated U.S. State Department.
security arrangements. AGENTS WERE trying to verify the
On Oct. 5, 1969, Lt. Eduardo Guerra identity by checking with past New
York associates of Guerra and by run-
Farm workers picket
lettuce fields in Calif.
SALINAS, Calif. (AP)-New waves strike of UFW pickers, who are trying
of pickets massed in the lush Salinas to get 28 lettuce growers to agree to
Valley yesterday, a day after some union contract terms.
1,400 striking United Farm Workers More than 100 persons were arrested
(UFW)-some armed with Monday, and 24 were injured as the
clubs-roamed across lettuce fields, eight-hour fracas spread along a 70-
trampling crops and attacking non- mile stretch of farmland between Wat-
union workers, police said. sonville and King City.
Monterey County Sheriff's Sgt. Terry
Kaiser reported more than 250 pickets GANZ SAID about a dozen strikers
had gathered near the Sun Harvest let- were injured, including one worker who
tuce fields by midday but aided that the was stabbed in the lower back.
situation seemed peaceful. Several more arrests were reported
"It's really too soon to tell if any more early yesterday as beefed-up sheriff's
violence is going to break out," he said. forces patrolled the valley.
"We're just keeping a close watch on About 100 Monterey sheriff's deputies
things at this point." patrolled yesterday, Kaiser said. They
relieved Santa Cruz County sheriffs,
UFW STRIKE coordinator Marshall California Highway Patrol officers and
Ganz said he expected about 500 pickets police from at least six nearby com-
to march. munities who were called in to quell
Monday's melee was the worst con- Monday's violence.
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ning fingerprint comparisons, Hayes THE STOCKY MAN who took over
said. Delta Flight 1061 Monday night
He said the FBI also was trying to apologized to the other passengers.
locate a good photograph of the 1969 "I'm sorry. I have to get to Havana,"
defector to show to passengers from the he told them.
Delta plane. He took over the plane after carrying
One of the passengers, Sam Kass of a duffle bag into the front cabin,
Boca Raton, Fla., said that as he and passengers said. It wasn't known if
other passengers waited in the airport Cuban authorities found any explosives
terminal at Havana, "A Cuban - he in the bag.
looked like an official - told me the The State Department said it would
hijacker was a defector from the Cuban not seek to extradite the hijacker
air force who decided he wanted to because, "We understand the Cuban
return to his homeland." government intends to prosecute him."
House OKs amendment
to bill for new Ed dept.
WASHINGTON (AP)-The House,
resuming debate on whether to
establish a separate Department of
Education, went on record yesterday as
opposing quotas in education.
But the members recessed last night
without taking a final vote on the con-
troversial measure sought by the Car-
ter administration. They planned to
resume action today, including con-
sideration of just which programs
would be shifted if a new department
The amendment on quotas, which
was approved 277-126, would prohibit
the denial of "education opportunities"
by the use of regulations "which utilize
any ratio, quota or other numerical
requirement related to race, creed,
color, national origin or sex."
REP. ROBERT WALKER (R-Pa.),
the amendment's sponsor, said he in-
tended it as a policy statement that
would not interfere with the activities of
the proposed denartment
CREATION OF A Department of
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