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Sunday, 2 January, 2000, 22:25 GMT
Vietnamese pilot under investigation

United States aviation regulators are looking into whether a Vietnamese-born pilot broke any rules when he entered Cuban air space in a small rented plane on Saturday and dropped leaflets over Havana calling President Castro an old dinosaur.

Cuba sent up two fighter aircraft and escorted the plane from its airspace.

The pilot, Ly Tong, who describes himself as anti-Communist, has since surrendered his pilot's certificate.

The US State Department described the incident as provocative and reckless action saying it was fortunate it did not result in any loss of life. Ly Tong arrived in the US from Vietnam in 1984.

He lives in New Orleans and was visiting friends in Miami when the incident took place.

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