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Oct 27, 2015

Unauthorized Entry! Mysterious Aircraft Lands at Municipal Airstrip

A small twin-engine plane landed at the Municipal Airstrip at around five-thirty this morning – before the facility opens at six. There is no sign of the pilot, passengers or cargo in the American-registered Piper Seneca which may have originated in Managua, Nicaragua. In fact, up to this afternoon, police had no clue as to why the plane made its unauthorized entry into Belizean airspace, and unauthorized landing at the Municipal airstrip at a time when nobody was there. We know that planes land in Belize carrying illicit cargo with some irregularity, though not publicity – but landing at the Municipal airstrip? Today Mike Rudon went looking for answers and found authorities doing the same. Here’s the story. 

 

Mike Rudon, Reporting

This small airplane landed here at the Municipal airstrip at five-thirty this morning. The pilot and presumably passengers and cargo then left the scene as quickly and discreetly as they arrived. Authorities got the call about the unexpected landing and when they responded found the Piper Seneca parked neatly at this spot. Investigators have been able to determine that this plane was to have arrived at the P.G.I.A. Sunday, but it never showed up.

 

Mark Flowers

Supt. Mark Flowers, Commander, Gang Suppression Unit

“It did not come in at that time but it came in this morning and we are trying to determine right now who the occupants are because we know that the plan was for certain people to come in on Sunday but this is not an approved area for international flights and we know the flight originated outside of Belize and the fact that it landed here is cause for concern. We are concerned.”

 

Today, security on the site was heavy. It is being treated as a crime scene until Police and investigators can determine just how and why this landing happened when and where it did. But there is precious little information at this point.

 

Supt. Mark Flowers

“I don’t even know that there was not an emergency. We don’t know. If it was an emergency we are trying to determine. We are just at this stage where we know that the aircraft is here. I’ve seen things in there which suggests that there was a medical condition like bedding and that sort of thing in the middle of the plane, blankets. I don’t know. My own interpretation is that there might have been some sort of resting place, but I am not to make any determination. I will not go ahead of myself and say that there was…we have to have the authorities come in. Civil Aviation are here, the investigators are here and we are waiting for the Police representatives, the Anti-Drug Unit, whose charter it is to investigate these sorts of things.”

 

While the airstrip was not open for business when the plane landed, security personnel should have been present, but apparently nobody saw or is saying anything.

 

Supt. Mark Flowers

“That is what concerns me but it is not for me to make that determination. As soon as the appropriate people get here – the Anti-Drug Unit commander is on his way and as soon as he is here they will take over the investigation. We are merely securing the scene and I am doing what I think needs to be done now in terms of processing the outside of the plane. It is an American registered aircraft – N32218 I think is the registration. N is North America – the United States of America registration. We know that at the time of the filing of the flight plan the aircraft was in Managua, Nicaragua, which is an estimated four and a half hours away from here.”

 

Up to this afternoon, this is what Police had found out.

 

Mark Flowers

“We have tracked from the registration the owners…that is the easiest thing to do – two minutes. We know who the owner of the aircraft is. We know where it originated. We know that they were in Managua in Nicaragua up until at least they had intended to fly out of Managua on Sunday. We know that. We don’t know anything more than just that.”

 

The incoming aircraft did not show up on radar at the P.G.I.A. or at the Municipal Airstrip because both facilities were closed. Mike Rudon for News Five.

 

According to our research, since March twenty-eighth, 2014, the seven-seater twin-engine Piper Seneca has been registered to U.S. pilot, James A. Stallings of Irvine California.

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7 Responses for “Unauthorized Entry! Mysterious Aircraft Lands at Municipal Airstrip”

  1. Primary Thief, Ali BaBarrow says:

    >security personnel should have been present, but apparently nobody saw or is saying anything.

    At UDP we get things done. That is all you need to know.

  2. seriousman says:

    So they knew somebody or something was coming?

    Who are they? Flight plan? Seems that the whole story is not shared!

  3. destinee says:

    So if they were expected the plane on sunday at the PGIA then i believe they know who were aboard the plane something is totally wrong some covering up is taking place

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    If the plane was to land at the PGIA on Sunday that would suggest that you Mark Flowers had knowledge of the plane being in Belize..Where else would you have aquired that information from but from someone affiliated with the people on that flight.

  5. john leiva says:

    dat da musi chapo he injured. com on

  6. Patriot says:

    The only things Flowers knows is that there are drugs & weapons in some houses in San Jose, orange Walk dist. Shame on the BDF & GSU

  7. BelizeanInAsia says:

    Aaaah just another day in paradise. Don’t you just love it?

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