Freddy Lugo and Hernán Ricardo boarded the Cubana de Aviación CU-455 flight in Trinidad at 12:15 PM October 6, 1976, bound for Barbados. They carried on board C-4 explosives with timers secreted in a tube of toothpaste and a camera. Ricardo traveled under a forged passport using a false name. They sat in the middle of the plane. During the flight, they placed the C-4 explosives in two separate places in the plane: the rear bathroom and underneath the seat belonging to Freddy Lugo.
Aboard CU-455 were 73 persons. 57 of the passengers were Cubans. 11 of them were Guyanese medical students in Cuba. The remaining five passengers were North Koreans. Those on board averaged only 30 years of age.
Traveling with the group were 24 members of the Cuban fencing team, many of them teen-agers, fresh from gold medal victories at the Youth Fencing Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.
Lugo and Ricardo got off the plane during its brief stopover at Seawell Airport in Barbados. They later admitted under oath that they had each received special training in explosives from the CIA.
Nine minutes after take-off from Barbados, the bombs exploded and the plane caught fire. The passengers on board then lived the most horrifying ten minutes of their lives, as the plane turned into a scorching coffin.There were no survivors.
After deplaning, Lugo and Ricardo hurriedly left Seawell Airport in Barbados and checked into a local hotel under assumed names.
From the hotel, Hernán Ricardo called his bosses in Venezuela: Orlando Bosch and Luis Posada Carriles.
To read the whole story about how the CIA through Luis Posada Carriles organised this bombing, and acted for the CIA in South and Central America for the CIA organising terrorist activities for over 20 years, including an attempt to assassinate Castro, go here to the story as told by Washington Attorney José Pertierra who represents the Venezuelan government in the case of Luis Posada Carriles who is now in a US jail. On April 4th 2006 the New York Times reported that Posada requested political asylum in the United States through his attorney. He is being held on accusations he entered the country illegally across the Mexican border.
Now got to Prison Planet to read how President Chavez of Venezeula in his UN speech accused the US of double standards in fighting terror....and were hiding Luis Posada Carriles from justice in Venezuela.... something the mainstream press / TV overlooked mentioning... including the BBC who accepted that Carriles was a CIA operator in May 2005 when Carriles was finally arrested.
As Tom Crumpacker said in the Baltimore Chronicle when Carriles was in court on an extradition warrant before a Homeland Security judge in Texas on Aug. 29.(see pic)
In an oligarchy where the important decisions are made in secret by a power elite, where the mainstream media is used to manipulate rather than inform, it's often difficult for the public to distinguish actual from virtual reality. It's apparent that Posada could supply many of the missing pieces of the puzzles of the last 45 years. He has friends in Miami and they have brought him here to resurface after 30 years. If he needed money or a place to hide comfortably, they could easily have provided him with such in another country. What we now know about his past is enough to say that he and his friends could be going public with his knowledge of CIA operations as a threat or extortion chip, perhaps to affect future US policy toward Cuba. This would explain why his legally required extradition is being delayed.
Go here for fillum of the Cubana Aviacion Incident and see a podgy but younger Kissinger deny the US State had anything to do with the bombing.
FOOTNOTE 26th September 2006. Lord Patel regrets to report the recent death by liver cancer of Tom Crumpacker. A good guy.