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Nov 14, 2018

Who Landed Suspicious Aircraft in Sarteneja?

When a suspicious single-engine aircraft touched down at an airstrip in Sarteneja over the weekend, residents who are wary of constant drug activity taking place in the north believed that it may have been a drug plane.  An investigation has since revealed that it is registered to an American national who is now living in Belize.  Whether the pilot received the necessary clearance to fly the aircraft and land in that vicinity is matter that the Department of Civil Aviation is investigating.  According to Deputy Commissioner of Police Chester Williams, the runway in Sarteneja is legal.

 

Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations)

“Information was received of a plane that had landed in the Sarteneja area on the airstrip and contrary to what may have been said that it was a clandestine airstrip, there is a legal airstrip in Sarteneja and that plane did land on the legal airstrip.  However, the difficult there is that the plane that did land there is a registered plane out of the U.S. and it is owned by a person who lives in Belize.  Now, normally when you have a plane that is not registered in the country and it needs to move around, they need to get what is called a flight clearance, meaning they will have to apply to the Department of Civil Aviation for a flight clearance and once that flight clearance is granted the police would be notified and other agencies would be notified and then they would be given permission to land at a certain airstrip or airport.  In this case, that plane did not obtain any flight clearance and so it is a matter for civil aviation to investigate and see if they had not complied with the requirements of law under the Civil Aviation Act.  Then civil aviation can take legal action against them.”

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