US-Cuba ties: Obama called Gross on plane home, Gross thanked President: Spokesman

Alan and Judy Gross walk through a parking garage after arriving for a news conference in Washington Dec 17, 2014. Cuba released Alan Gross after five years in prison. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Alan and Judy Gross walk through a parking garage after arriving for a news conference in Washington Dec 17, 2014. Cuba released Alan Gross after five years in prison. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Alan Gross received a telephone call from US President Barack Obama while flying home from Cuba on Wednesday morning and thanked the President for his release, a Gross family spokeswoman said.

Gross, 65, who had been held in Cuba for five years, found out on Tuesday morning that he would be released, according to family spokeswoman Jill Zuckman.