lighthouse reef 3For three days, there have been reports that a plane had crashed in a caye in the Lighthouse atolls. It is believed the incident is drug related and police has remained tight lipped. As far as we can ascertain, the mystery plane is still submerged in the waters. News Five has learnt that a body found in the area last Friday, was brought ashore and quickly buried. The identity of the person has not been confirmed. News Five Jose Sanchez has been following this story and has this report.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

A plane was reported to have crashed into the sea last week Friday night. It occurred in the Lighthouse reef Atoll about fifty-four miles east of Belize City. Several agencies, including the Police Department and the Coastguard have been investigating the scene and have made several trips to the caye since it was found. What is most unusual is that the police department has not disclosed any facts about the plane. What we have been able to verify is that several solar lamps which glow at night, were placed along a small and narrow landing strip to accommodate a night landing on Northern Two Caye. The plane crashed just south of the island and missed its mark. The island is home to a resort which is only open during the high tourist season and currently only a security guard for the resort was stationed on the island. A check at various airlines and the department of civil aviation indicates that no plane or pilot has been reported to be missing and no scheduled flight was expected to land on Northern Two Caye. So the first question to ask is “What happened to the pilot?” The police has just revealed today that a body was found floating near Lighthouse Reef in the sea near mangroves. The conclusion of that autopsy revealed that the Hispanic male was certified to have died from trauma shock due to multiple blunt and sharp object injuries. And if the connection between the floating body, and the plane can be established, then perhaps one more link can be made between them and an ice box that floated to the north end of Caye Caulker at nine a.m. on Sunday. On the eleventh, the police found a red ice box containing fourteen parcels wrapped in brown masking tape suspected to be compressed cocaine. But why have the police covered up the existence of the plane? Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

The other questions that linger are: Who owns the island and the resort? And has the security guard been questioned or taken into custody?

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