Brothers' To The Rescue Attempt To Over Fly Cuba And Drop Leaflets Over Cuba During The Baltimore Orioles Baseball Game Was Halted By The FAA.
March 28, 1999, Brothers' To The Rescue had planned to over fly Cuba during the Baltimore Orioles Baseball Game. In their effort to send out a political message which was to denounce the Cuban Government during a highly visible game. The FAA hampered their attempt.
The goal of the FAA was to prevent this group from disrupting the game. The FAA went down to Opa-Locka Airport were the group hangers their aircraft an began an unannounced inspection in their aircraft. "The FAA showed up at the airport arguing that they wanted to do an inspection, they delayed us for two and a-half hours". Basulto had said. Basulto is the leader of the group.
The Baseball Major League had asked the FAA to restrict air traffic in the vicinity of the May 3, 1999, game in Baltimore, Maryland. Brothers' To The Rescue leader stated he and others dropped over 500,000 pamphlets on February 24, 1999, at an altitude of 10,000 feet as he flew 20 miles off the Cuban coast "well within international airspace".
A Gallup Poll was taken and 1,018 adults nationwide (All Baseball Fans) were asked, "As you may know, the Baltimore Orioles played an exhibition baseball game in Cuba on March 28, 1999. As far as you are concerned, do you approve or disapprove of the Orioles playing this game in Cuba?" 79 percent Approve, 17 percent Disapprove and 4 percent Don’t Know.
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