A twin-engine aircraft landed in southern Belize. Police believe it is a narco-plane which they had been tipped off on and had been monitoring. Police Commissioner Williams guided the media through the steps taken by his officers.
Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police: “Last night we were on the look out. We had a track that was declared out of South America coming our way. The track entered our airspace just after 1AM last night and as we would normally do we had deployed our personnel – that is police and BDF to the different possible landing spots. Around one thirty thereabout the plane disappeared from the radar and this was somewhere over the Riversdale area and so we had received information that it hand landed in the Riversdale area. We had a team in that area they immediately went and made checks at the airport in that location and the search there was futile. We went and we searched other possible landing spots within that particular geographic area and again the search was futile. A subsequent flyover was done and the plane was spotted right in the Monkey River Village area in an area that had some low mangroves and again it goes to show the skillful nature of these pilots the plane actually landed not on any runway, not on any open lot but in mangrove and made a good landing too and it is right beside the lagoon or the river. We went there, we managed to get our troops in the area and they had checked the plan and there was no content. We assumed that having landed the content was discharged, a boat was probably waiting right at the lagoon and the cargo was taken away. I’m going to send the photographs to you very shortly so that you can share with your viewing audience but again 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 no longer require a runway or an open space they’re landing these planes practically anywhere and that poses more challenges to us because it broadens the possibility of the plane landing in other areas.”
Commissioner Williams says the aircraft remains at the location and would have to be dismantled in order to be removed and impounded.////