Oct 14, 2009

Man arrested in 40-year-old airline hijacking

Federal officials said a man accused of playing a role in the 1968 hijacking of a Pan Am flight from New York to Puerto Rico has been arrested.

Luis Armando Pena Soltren, 66, surrendered to federal authorities at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport after exiting a flight from Havana, Cuba, officials said. It's the same airport from which Pan Am Flight 281 took off more than 40 years ago.

Two of Soltren’s accomplices, Jose Rafael Rios Cruz, Miguel Castro were sentenced in the 1970s after pleading guilty in U.S. District Court in New York. They received 15-year and 12-year sentences, respectively. Their current whereabouts were not immediately known.