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#509596 - 12/02/15 10:55 AM Mystery Plane Crashed and Burned, What’s The Story?
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Tonight police are trying to unravel the mystery behind a plane that was found burned west of Spanish Lookout. Information suggests that the plane was heard circling over Spanish Lookout without lights at 1:30 this morning. And then, this morning it was found like this on a farm road in the Green Hills area near Aguacate Creek. But it's not a crash landing, and no one died, police believe it was a drug plane, abandoned deliberately torched. Police and Civil Aviation were called to the scene and they have determined that it was a single engine Cessna 210. But they haven't been able to tell much else because the plane is burnt beyond recognition. Police are almost certain it was used for the transport of drugs - most likely across the Guatemala which is not very far from Aguacate Creek. After the drug cargo was transferred - police believe the occupants deliberately burned the plane to destroy the evidence. This also confirms to police that the cargo was more valuable than the plane. Police believe that a local landing crew was likely involved and are treating it as an open investigation.

Interestingly, the exact same thing happened back in March 2014 in the exact same area. That's when another Cessna 210 was found - also in the Green Hills area - and that one was also burned. That one was found about a mile from this one.

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#509615 - 12/03/15 11:07 AM Re: Mystery Plane Crashed and Burned, What’s The Story? [Re: Marty]
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Authorities Mum On Mystery Plane

Tonight, not much more is known about the mystery plane, which was found yesterday morning in the Green Hills area west of Spanish Lookout. The Cessna 210 was found crashed and burned – and police believe that it was deliberately torched because it was used to transport drugs. Today we asked the Director of Civil Aviation about it – and he didn’t have much to add:…

Lindsey Garbutt - Director of Civil Aviation

"My accident investigator Mr. Jean Young was on the scene almost immediately as we were informed of this and we found that there was a plane that had landed. And who ever landed it burnt it as a means of destroying evidence. We are presently working with the police department to give them all the technical information we can in terms of what type of aircraft, trying to trace the registration so we can provide that information and the police part of the procedure can go on."

Up to news time, no press release had been issued.

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Burnt Plane Torched to Destroy Evidence

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, officials of the Belize Police Department and of the Civil Aviation were called out to an area west of Spanish Lookout where a single engine Cessna 210 aircraft was found torched. The aircraft was found on a farm road near the Aguacate Creek in the Cayo District. Authorities are saying the vessel had not crash landed but rather, was intentionally set on fire. Lindsey Garbutt, the Director of Civil Aviation spoke to the media on the incident.

LINDSAY GARBUTT

“We have a release that we are going to share with you. My accident investigator Mr. Shawn Young was on the scene almost immediately as we were informed of this and we found that there was a plane that had landed and whomever landed it, burnt it as a means of destroying evidence. We are presently working with the police department to give them all the technical information we can in terms of what kind of aircraft it was, trying to trace the registration so we can provide that information and the police part of the procedure can go on.”

On March 25, 2014, there was a similar incident as local authorities had encountered a Cessna aircraft torched in the Green Hills Area in the Cayo District. While the Civil Aviation Department had set out to do their due diligence in that incident, it had proven difficult as there was no flight plan filed; it was therefore handed over to the Belize Police Department for further investigations.

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Investigation into Drug Plane Continues…Still Very Little Known

There are still only few details available on the Cessna single-engine aircraft with tail number YZ3241 which was found in an isolated area behind Spanish Lookout, Cayo District. The Cessna 210 landed on Tuesday near Aguacate Lagoon after one in the morning and soon after it was torched presumably to destroy the evidence. Its seared vestiges were discovered by the police later in the morning. Residents in the area report that they heard the plane circling in the area followed by the movement of vehicles.  The small plane was used to transport illicit cargo into the country but its origin is not confirmed and an official investigation remains open. Police have not provided any details but part of the inquiry is being conducted by the Civil Aviation Department.  Upon learning of the downed aircraft, an accident investigator was immediately dispatched to the scene.  That individual is working closely with the Belize Police Department and will be providing useful information that can assist in tracing the origins of the mysterious flight.  This morning, Director of Civil Aviation, Lindsay Garbutt, gave an update on what has been learned so far, in respect of the Cessna as well as on other investigations that are in progress, including a Tropic Air plane that went down in the sea when it was heading to Honduras.

Lindsay Garbutt, Director,  Civil Aviation

Lindsey Garbutt

“My accident investigator Mr. Shawn Young was on the scene almost immediately as we were informed of this and we found that there was a plane that had landed and whoever landed it burnt it as a means of destroying evidence.  We are presently working with the police department to give them all the technical information we can, in terms of what type of aircraft, trying to trace the registration so we can provide that information and the police part of the procedure can go on.”

Reporter

“It has been a while since there were also two local planes that were caught in separate accidents, incidents.  Has there been any closure to that in terms of the investigation or is that still ongoing?”

Lindsay Garbutt

“Some aspect of the investigation is still ongoing and we, when I talk about building capacity, we continually build the capacity of the department so that our people can work with the industry to ensure that it is as accident free as possible.  However, like I said then, we are running a significant amount of operations every year, almost two hundred thousand operations a year of Tropic and Maya and the others.  And I think their safety record can be compared favorably with the safety records of any airlines anywhere in the world.  So while there were two incidents that we continue to investigate, we also think that they deserve kudos for the safety with which they have operated so many operations for so many years.”

Reliable sources have informed News Five that that the Cessna 210 Centurion aircraft was indeed used for the transshipment of narcotics into the country.

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#509708 - 12/06/15 11:08 AM Re: Mystery Plane Crashed and Burned, What’s The Story? [Re: Marty]
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Cops believe traffickers burned plane after removing drug cargo

San Ignacio police are investigating the origins of a plane that was found completely destroyed by fire yesterday morning near a farm in the Green Hills area near Aguacate Lagoon, in Spanish Lookout.

According to police, very little is presently known about the plane, but they believe that the plane was a drug plane that was intentionally destroyed.

Civil Aviation authorities have identified the plane as a single-engine Cessna 210, widely used by flight training schools, private operators, air taxis and commercial charter, and private companies.

People in the area told police that they heard a plane circling over Spanish Lookout without lights at 1:30 yesterday morning.

At about 7:00 yesterday morning, people who were travelling in the area found the plane, already destroyed.

Police strongly suspect that the plane was used to transport drugs, most likely to neighboring Guatemala, which is not far from Aguacate Lagoon, and that the drugs had already been transferred.

The cargo was more valuable than the plane, they believe, and so the operators of the craft would have had no qualms about destroying it.

Today, Inspector Reymundo Reyes told Amandala that the investigation has begun, but inroads into the case have not yet been made.

According to police, in March 2014 another Cessna 210 plane, which had also been burned, was found, also in the Green Hills area. It was found about a mile from where this latest plane was found.

As is the case in this most recent plane discovery, the cargo the previous plane had been carrying was not found.

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#510125 - 12/23/15 11:21 AM Re: Mystery Plane Crashed and Burned, What’s The Story? [Re: Marty]
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Owner of Mystery Plane at Municipal Airstrip Comes Forward

An American has come forward to claim the mystery plane which landed at the Municipal Airstrip on October twenty-seventh and was abandoned there. The plane is a US registered Piper PA 34 Seneca Twin-engine aircraft. There was no sign of a pilot or any cargo, and since the plane illegally landed before the facility opened for business, the landing remained a mystery. Soon after, the plane was flown to the B.D.F. Compound where it has been under guard, but no one would offer any information on the mystery plane. It still is, though a man claiming to own the aircraft, James Stalling, has contacted the Ministry of National Security through his attorney to ask what needs to be done to have his plane returned to him. Stalling claims that he operates an aircraft rental in the US and through an online scheduling service rented the small Piper Seneca to a gentleman identified only as Mister Clapman. The rental period was from October eighteenth to October twenty-third, but Stallings claims he started becoming concerned when he contacted Clapman on October twenty-third.

George Lovell

On the Phone: Ret’d. Colonel George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“Mister Clapman responded that he was sick in bed and would not return until the Sunday. After that particular date he [Stallings] claimed that Mister Clapman stopped responding to texts. He went on further to explain that on Monday the twenty-sixth he was getting concerned and contacted the Fullerton Police, the FAA and the Civil Air Patrol, all in the United States, and he said that he contacted those organizations because he was a search and rescue pilot with those organizations. The Fullerton tower had no record of a departure and the FAA had no flight plan on file for that particular aircraft so he was concerned. He went on to give a whole lot of history as to actions that he had taken trying to locate Mister Clapman and his aircraft, but to no avail. Wednesday morning of that particular week he got a call from someone saying that they worked at the airport in Belize and asked if he owned the aircraft in question. Obviously he said yes to them and explained the whole scenario to them, and he then volunteered to provide the government authorities from the Civil Aviation with full sales agreement and image of the aircraft and all the documents that he used to sign the lease with Mister Clapman.”

…But Where is the Pilot, Mr. Clapman?

Police had reported, based on the findings of a very preliminary investigation right after the aircraft landed, a flight plan had been filed. That plan had the Piper Seneca routed from Aruba to the Phillip Goldson International on Sunday, October twenty-fifth. Instead, it landed at the Municipal Airstrip two days after, on Tuesday. An intensive search by the Anti-Drug Unit of the Police has indicated that any cargo, if any, did not include narcotics. But that’s as much as Police know about the actual landing, since whomever and whatever actually made that trip from wherever it did, has vanished into thin air.

On the Phone: Ret’d. Colonel George Lovell, C.E.O., Ministry of National Security

“It’s an ongoing investigation, but that’s the limit of what I know about the claim made by James Stalling, and where the Police are with their investigation. The Police are working with Civil Aviation and Customs, and they are looking to see if there will be any charges from those areas that will be laid. I don’t think they have in fact found anything that would appear at this time to be illegal in the aircraft, and so they will be working with those two agencies to see where they take it from there.”

Mike Rudon

“Have investigators been able to locate Mister Clapman?”

On the Phone: Ret’d. Colonel George Lovell

“That’s a man who seems to have disappeared and went under the radar. So no…not our investigators! I don’t know if any other international agency’s investigators have had any contact with him.”

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