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Dec 3, 2015

Minister of Civil Aviation Concerned About Breaches of Airspace

More than a month ago a plane landed at the Municipal Airstrip in Belize City at dawn and taxied into a parking spot. Whoever and whatever were on board then got into a waiting vehicle and departed the scene. To date investigators have not been able to determine who or what was in the plane, and indeed where they or it went. It’s almost inconceivable that something like this would happen, but it did. Then there’s the alleged drug plane which landed near Aguacate Lagoon near Spanish Lookout on Tuesday. What must have been a substantial illicit cargo was offloaded and long gone by the time the Police got to the scene hours after, to find only a burned shell of a plane. So how is it that authorities, whether civil or military, have not been able to track these planes entering Belizean airspace? We asked Minister of Civil Aviation Manuel Heredia that question today.

 

Manuel Heredia, Minister of Tourism

Manuel Heredia

“Yesterday it was great news for Belize that we signed a nine point five million dollar contract with COCESSNA whereby all the equipment at P.G.I.A. will be upgraded to an international standard; whereby surveillance, whereby safety matters and all of those matters will be modernized and I believe that will give us room so that what is happening today will not occur as much in the future. To be very honest Civil Aviation’s role whenever this type of airplanes are at a certain point, our job is to look at them and then pass it over to national security. Then it is out of the hands of civil aviation. That particular airplane that they had called in they have all the particulars and that should have landed at P.G.I.A. two days before and after that it went to Nicaragua and landed early in the morning at the Municipal airstrip. We do not have security for civil aviation or Belize Airport Authority. In this project that we are doing at the Belize Municipal yes it will be totally fenced with security, parking area, and that should eliminate all those loop holes we have today. Yes I am very concerned because it doesn’t look good in our country and it doesn’t look good on the Ministry of Civil Aviation.”

 

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