Drug Plane Lands In South - 06/26/21 10:41 AM
But while that's the position on the reports coming out of Tulum, Mexico, the police commissioner didn't accuse our newsroom today of spreading false rumors when we asked about reports that a suspected drug plane made an illegal landing in Southern Belize.
It happened around 3 a.m. this morning, and local law enforcement quickly deployed search teams to several areas in the Stann Creek and Toledo Districts.
Eventually, the aircraft was found near Monkey River, and this evening, the Commissioner noted that the pilot managed to make a crafty landing in a mangrove area without damaging it.
The Commissioner shared more details about their planes eventual discovery this morning:
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police
"Last night we were on the lookout. We had a tract that was declared out of South America coming our way. The tract entered our airspace just after one a.m. last night. As we normally do, we had deployed our personnel. That is police and B.D.F. to the possible landing spots. Around one thirty, thereabout, the plane disappeared from the radar. This was somewhere of the Riversdale area. And so, we had received information that it had landed in the Riversdale area. We had a team in that area, and they went to make checks in the airport in that area. The search was futile. We went and searched other possible landing spots within that geographical area. Again the search was futile. A subsequent fly over was done. And, the plane was spotted right in the Monkey River village area in an area that had some low mangroves. Again, it goes to show the skillful nature of these pilots. The plane landed not on any runway, not on any open lot, but in mangroves and made a good landing too. And, it is right beside the lagoon, the river. We managed to get our troops in the area and they had checked the plane, there were no content. We assume that having landed the content was discharged. A boat probably was waiting right at the lagoon and the cargo was taken away. As I said this fight against these drug traffickers is becoming more and more challenging, particularly due to the nature of the fact that these pilots know longer require a runway or an open space. They are landing these planes practically anywhere and that poses more challenges to us because it broadens the possibility of the plane landing in other areas."
Aviation experts tell us that it is a very old model of a twin-engine called an Aero Commander uses piston engines and not turbines.