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U.S. plane hijacker heads home from Cuba after 30 years

Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 01:12

Nov. 6 - A former U.S. militant who hijacked a plane to Cuba almost 30 years ago flies home to the United States to face air piracy charges. Deborah Gembara reports.

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American William Potts arrives at Havana's airport to a media frenzy. Almost 30 years after he hijacked a plane to Cuba, he's heading back to the U.S. to face charges. SOUNDBITE: U.S. National William Potts saying: "I'm very anxious to return and resolve this conflict that has been going on for too long. We are hoping for a just solution to this problem." His saga began when he hijacked a Miami-bound plane with 56 people on board and forced the pilot to land in Cuba where he thought he'd be welcome. Instead, he was arrested and spent 13 years in a Cuban prison on air piracy charges. He's expected to be arrested on the same charge when he arrives in Miami. Believed to be a member of the Black Panthers militant group, he has been trying to return to the U.S. for years. SOUNDBITE: U.S. National William Potts saying: "To go home, to my family, to my daughters, that's what I'm hoping. That's what I'm expecting." He's requested a pardon from President Obama, but it isn't clear at this point if he will receive it or if he will serve more time behind bars.

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U.S. plane hijacker heads home from Cuba after 30 years

Thursday, November 07, 2013 - 01:12