First American Flight Lands in Cuba

photo courtesy of Miami Herald

Recently, the first American flight in 50 years landed in the capital of Cuba. American Airlines Flight 17 landed during a rough time for Cuban citizens. The country is in a period of mourning for the death of the man responsible for the American embargo on Cuba, Fidel Castro. Castro was the dictator of Cuba for many years and he passed away at the age of 90 on Friday night. A relatively recent deal between President Obama and Raúl Castro, Fidel’s brother, allows flights to go between the United States and Cuba. Before Obama’s deal, it used to be nearly impossible for Americans to travel safely to Cuba. Flight 17 took 45 minutes to carry 147 passengers to Havana. The people on the flight made it clear that they did not take the flight to honor the late dictator Fidel Castro.  Since the flight was successful, seven other airlines are now being allowed to fly to Havana, Cuba.