Man arrested in 1968 hijacking of flight from US

Man arrested in 1968 hij

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October 12, 2009 03:45

 
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A man wanted for hijacking a flight out of New York 40 years ago was arrested Sunday after arriving on a flight from Cuba, federal authorities said. Longtime fugitive Luis Armando Pena Soltren was wanted for his role in the Nov. 24, 1968, hijacking of a Pan Am flight bound for Puerto Rico. The 66-year-old Soltren was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport, authorities said. Soltren was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Manhattan on a 1968 indictment. "As the 1968 charges allege, he terrorized dozens of passengers when he and his cohorts wielded pistols and knives to hijack Pan American flight 281," US Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement Sunday. A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors would not say how Soltren came to the US. The FBI did not immediately return a call requesting comment.

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