A small plane from Venezuela with more than a ton of cocaine on board has crashed into the Caribbean while being pursued by Colombia’s air force.
Video released by the air force shows how fighter jets intercepted the Hawker 800 aircraft after it entered Colombia’s air space yesterday and ordered it to descend.
After the pilot moved to escape, one of the plane’s motors apparently failed and the aircraft crashed off the coast of Puerto Colombia.
Colombia’s coast guard says the body of the pilot, whose nationality was unknown, was found among the wreckage along with 1.2 metric tons of cocaine. Venezuela has become a key transit country for narcotics.
Much of the cocaine moves north to Central America on a dog-legged path to avoid entering Colombian airspace.
Air Force Officials said, “A plane en route from Venezuela and loaded with cocaine crashed into the Caribbean Sea while being pursued by the Colombian air force.” The unidentified body of a man, found with a Mexican passport, was among the wreckage of the plane, which crashed into the sea off Colombia’s northern coast. “The airplane, a Hawker 600, which left Venezuela and was destined for Central America, was detected in the early hours of today when it illegally entered Colombian air space.” The armed forces are searching for further debris on land and in the ocean.
Venezuela plane carrying ton of cocaine crashes off Colombia’s coast