Plane with Cuba’s ENSA labels lands at Dade-Collier airport

Federal agents are investigating the landing of a single-engine biplane from Cuba on Friday in Collier County’s Ochoppee community.

A 29-year-old Cuban man landed the Antonov AN-2 at about 11:30 a.m. at the Dade-Collier Training and Transition Airport, at 54575 E. Tamiami Trail, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The biplane had the yellow and blue identifiers of the Empresa Cubana de Servicios Aéreos, or ENSA, which provides aerial services as crop dusters. The Cuban government’s Cuban Aviation Corporation, or CACSA, manages ENSA.

The biplane’s identifier on the right-top wing was CU-A1885.

In Sancti Spíritus, the Cuban government announced in May that ENSA was starting to make domestic cargo deliveries to lower costs.

According to Rachel Torres, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, agents with the air and marine operations center and Homeland Security Investigations were investigating the pilot’s flight.

This is a developing story. Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Wilson Louis contributed to this report.


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