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Reports from the north say that a small plane landed today near San Victor Village in the Corozal district. Un-confirmed reports say that the plane touched down sometime around 4pm yesterday and attempted to land on a feeder road in San Victor Village. Authorities are speculating that the plane may have landed on the wrong feeder road or may have crashed landed in the cane field due to engine failure. No cargo was found on the plane and it is alleged that the occupants, believe to be Costa Ricans, were detained by Mexican maritime officers while trying to make it across the Rio Grande River into Mexico. The plane's registration said Ecuador but it seems that the plane was actually registered in Mexico.


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(Another) Drug Plane Lands In The North

Yesterday afternoon, the residents of San Victor Village in the Corozal District heard the droning sound of a low flying airplane - not an altogether unusual occurrence in that area - which borders Mexico.

But this drone was followed by a crash - because this illicit landing was botched by a bad cane road. Still, the illicit cargo and the occupant were nowhere to be found by the time police got there.

We went to the area today to find out what happened, and here's what we found:..

Jules Vasquez reporting
Police kept a strong presence on the cane roads adjoining San Victor Village in the Corozal District.

But it was nothing more than a good show, because the Cessna 210n had long been emptied of whatever illicit cargo it carried.

Yesterday at around 4:00 pm, the plane landed on this feeder road, which is about a mile and a half from San Victor - and it's also about a mile from the Rio Hondo which is the un-policed border with Mexico.

Aviation veterans on the scene told us that the single engine plane seemed to have landed on the wrong end of the dirt road.

The pilot probably tried to avoid this huge hole in the middle of the road, which is when he veered off into a cane field - and the plane ended up in a mangled mess.

But it doesn't seem anyone was hurt. There's no blood inside the cabin - neither is there any trace of any illicit cargo - all we saw were a few scraps of Mexican product tags.

The plane appears to have been set up to carry a maximum cargo payload - as the cabin had only two seats. Experts say it can carry over a thousand pounds in cargo.

The registration numbers are also bogus - they point to an Ecuadorian registration - but the plane is Mexican.

Police believe it was a refueling stop - but the crash threw off those plans. According to reports police found a fuel container nearby.

The big question is where did the illicit cargo - most likely drugs - go? In this case, across the river is as good a guess as any. But, the truth is, there are few answers, these planes are common in this area - what is uncommon is a crash like this.

(June 20, 2011)
The last one in this area was found on an identical cane road near Guinea Grass Village 10 months ago - that one slipped off a wet road - this one tried to dodge a hole in the road.

And just like in that case, this time police were left with no useful evidence, no drug cargo - just a wrecked plane that's hardly worth the trouble to take it out of the area as scrap.

The aircraft was disassembled and trucked out to BDF Headquarters. The engine is destroyed as is the body and it is considered unsalvageable.

The Cessna 210 with retractable wheels - like this one is considered a fast airplane and before it as crashed, this one was worth about two hundred thousand dollars.

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Plane Crash Lands In San Victor No One Found In The Area

On yesterdays newscast we were the first to report on the aircraft that crash landed approximately two miles West of San Victor Village in the Corozal District. At that time information was hard to come by but tonight we have the story in its entirety. Hipolito Novelo and Cameraman Kenric Simpson have the details.

Screen_shot_2012-04-20_at_8.03.51_PMHipolito Novelo-Reporting

At around 1:00 yesterday afternoon this 210N single engine Cessna plane crashed landed into a feeder road just two miles from San Victor Village. Authorities did not get wind of the situation until 3 hours after which is when they arrived at the scene. Soon after, a throng of BDF and personnel from the Anti Drugs Unit were dispatched to the area, indicating that the situation was serious.

The plane is the first of its kind in Belize. It can fly at a velocity of 185 knots for about 6 hours straight and its worth over $205,000. Based on their investigations authorities have traced the plane to Ecuador and have determined that its registration number HCCHZ is not the original.       

As you can observe on your screen the right wing of the plane was smashed, the windows were shattered, the right door was broken, the propellers were jammed with pieces of cane and the retractable gears were destroyed.

Here is what police suspect happened: the plane, which was coming from Mexico, intended to land safely on this dirt road. As the plane hit the ground, this giant pothole caused the left wing to come in contact with the sugar cane field causing the pilot to loose control.

According to Officer In Charge of the Corozal Police Formation Gualberto Garcia, when police arrived at the scene the pilot was long gone and nothing was found inside the aircraft.

Gualberto Garcia, Officer In Charge, Corozal Police Station

"Police receive information of an aircraft that landed behind San Victor village at about 4:00pm.  Police responded to the location and upon our arrival we saw a single engine aircraft that has crash landed on a feeder road a few miles outside of San Victor Village, initial investigations from police has revealed that this aircraft may have landed sometime around 1:00pm to 1:30 pm, upon our arrival we observed that the aircraft which had crash landed had already been surrounded by civilians and upon us taking control of the aircraft we made observations inside and outside the aircraft and we did not find any illegal item within the aircraft or it surroundings."

Hipolito Novelo-Reporter

"Did the authority found any indications that any illegal items had been in the aircraft?"

Gualberto Garcia, Officer In Charge, Corozal Police Station

"Well, at this point we are getting a lot of information coming from the public but it would not have anything concrete for us to make any determination at this point to suggest that indeed anything suspicious or anything illegal may have landed  but rumors are abundant and we have some evidence that any illegal was there."

Hipolito Novelo-Reporter

"Has the authority been able to figure out the route or the aircraft?"

Gualberto Garcia, Officer In Charge, Corozal Police Station

"At this point we do not have that established as yet, we are working along with the BDF and the ADU from Belize City and all of that information at this point we are trying to ascertain the origin of this flight or the destination where we have found this aircraft."

Hipolito Novelo-Reporter

"Do police believe that it was meant to land there in San Victor?"

Gualberto Garcia, Officer In Charge, Corozal Police Station

"We are not sure the destination that that aircraft had and to me the road didn't look to optimum condition for the aircraft could land and at least we are not certain if thi area is where this aircraft was suppose to be landed."

Authorities ripped apart the inside of the plane which was originally built with 4 seats. But this particular aircraft had only one seat and that's the one that the pilot was using. Police have determined that the other seats were removed for cargo space since the aircraft can easily hold up to 1500 pounds of cargo. And while the plane does have a GPS device, the engineer at the site explained that it could not be activated since it could cause an explosion.

In the village of San Victor, no one saw or heard anything but what some residents believe is that drugs and mafia are involved.

Voice of Villager

"Pues yo no oí nada y ni bid� nada y cuando yo llegue ni el avión pude ver porque no nos dejaron por los policías no lo mire, yo solo bid� que la gente van y vienen pero yo no s� que era yo  si solo eso yo bid�  y pens� que era Custom pero no es, era como las cuatro.

Voice of Villager

"Yo fui a mi trabajo y allí quedaron la gente cuando yo vine en la tardecita oigo que dicen que cayó el avión haya y hasta ahorita no he ido a ver a donde esta o que paso o que callo o que agarraron nada porque aquí trafica la ley y no te puedo decir pero yo se que el avión caído es lo que est�n cuidando, cuando se fueron mis hijos en la ma�ana a cortar cana allí vieron que esta la ley haya y los soldados que est�n cuidando el avión."

Voice of Villager

"Pues como dicen es mafia esa cosa cuando oyen que pasa el avión o calle el avión eso es lo que dice la gente, es mafia pero yo nunca lo he visto.

The village is located just a couple of miles from the Belize/Mexico Border. If anybody wanted to cross anything illegal, the easy avenue would be the Rio Hondo River that runs along several Mexican Rural Communities and leads directly to the border.

Allegations are that after the plane crash landed the pilot transported the illegal cargo, in this case drugs, across the river. In addition there are reports that Mexican Marines detained the pilot along with the cargo. When we questioned Corozal Police about the allegations, we were informed that, that side of the story is still being investigated.

As for the plane, it is being dismantled by the engineers and will be transported some time tonight to the Phillip Goldson International Airport. Corozal Police have detained a number of villagers for questioning in relation to the incident.


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Can anyone translate what the Village people said

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This is the google translation of the last sentence by the villagers...."Well as they say is mob that thing when they hear a plane or road passes the plane that is what people say, is mafia but I've never seen......It may not read well however, I think I get what they are saying.....Anyone with Bi-lingual skills may want to help us?

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