Stowaway found on flight from Cuba to Miami

Swift Air flight landed at Miami International Airport shortly before midnight

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

MIAMI - A stowaway was discovered Thursday night on a flight from Cuba to Miami.

The man was found hiding in a plane's undercarriage on Swift Air flight 704 from Havana to Miami International Airport, according to a conversation between the crew and air traffic control.

"Apparently, somebody came over in the belly on our aircraft," the pilot told air traffic control.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Kevin E. Smith said a 26-year-old Cuban man was arrested after the airplane landed just before midnight.

Smith said a ramp agent encountered the man while offloading baggage.

"CBP officers remain vigilant to arrest persons trying to elude detection in violation of federal law," U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement. "CBP's mission is to facilitate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security for those who live here and for those who come to visit. On a typical day last year, CBP officers processed more than one million travelers arriving at airports, seaports and border crossings nationwide."

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