Today in Latin American History
Cubana Flight 455 Crashed After 2 bombs Exploded Killing All 73 in 1976
Photo: Cubana Flight 455
Today in Latin American history, Cubana Flight 455 crashed after 2 bombs exploded, all 73 people on board are killed in 1976.
Flight 455 was a Cuban flight from Barbados to Jamaica that was brought down by a CIA-sponsored terrorist attack. All 78 people on board the Douglas DC-8 aircraft were killed in what was then the deadliest terrorist airline attack in the Western Hemisphere.
Several CIA-linked anti-Castro Cuban exiles and members of the Venezuelan secret police DISIP were implicated by the evidence. Political complications quickly arose when
Cuba accused the US government of being an accomplice to the attack. CIA documents released in 2005 indicate that the agency “had concrete advance intelligence, as early as June 1976, on plans by Cuban exile terrorist groups to bomb a Cubana airliner.”
Former CIA operative Posada Carriles denies involvement but provides many details of the incident in his book “Caminos del Guerrero” (Way of the Warrior).
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- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican baseball player Rubén Sierra who played for the Texas Rangers was born in 1965
- Today in LatAm history, Costa Rican footballer Walter Centeno who played for the National team was born in 1974
- Today in LatAm history, Ecuadorian footballer José Luis Perlaza who plays for the National team was born in 1981
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