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Feb 3, 2011

Civil Aviation admits plane theft and helicopter incidents occurred

On Tuesday we reported on two incidences at the Phillip Goldson International Airport.  The first one involved an airplane that went on a test flight and the pilots essentially stole the plane. A release was issued today from J. A. Contreras, Director of Civil Aviation, that’s almost a week after the incident occurred. According to the statement, the Mexican aircraft was receiving maintenance at a hangar at the PGIA since April of last year and two test flights were conducted. Those flights were approved by safety inspectors from the Department of Civil Aviation who perused the aircraft and flight crew documents to ensure that all are in order. According to the release, permission was sought on January twenty fourth for another test flight, and Civil Aviation did not object. It is noteworthy that the release still does not address the identity of the persons who sought to take the airplane on a test flight. It goes on to say, “Even though a Transponder Code was assigned, it was never activated by the pilot nor was there any radio contact made with this unit.” It craftily says that “it was believed that the pilot’s action was that of not returning to its point of departure.” We say craftily because it did not address the fact that the plane was stolen and taken out of Belize’s airspace. Although it should have been a domestic flight, it obviously had enough fuel to fly out of Belize. The matter was then handed over to the law enforcement agencies for further investigation. The release also acknowledges what we reported, that on January twenty-third, pilots of two helicopters were attempting to change their registration numbers at the airport and the Department of Civil Aviation took action and stopped them.

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9 Responses for “Civil Aviation admits plane theft and helicopter incidents occurred”

  1. Robert says:

    Does anyone remember the “Keystone Kops”? They look good compared to our airport security. Very embarrassing! I hope the PM has the integrity to make some heads roll. If not, crime pays here.

  2. Earl Grey says:

    Civil Aviation {FORCED TO} admits plane theft and helicopter incidents occurred………
    THANKS TO MEDIA ATTENTION.

  3. BZNinCALI says:

    I can barely get into & out of Belize with a valid passport & airline ticket, yet two men with no identification can not only board a plane, they were allowed to fly that baby out of the country with no questions asked. Is it safe to assume that the geniuses at the airport turned off the surveillance cameras because it was early & these fellows were camera shy? Someone is about to be promoted as long as he/she keeps his mouth shut & wears the dunce cap for a week.

  4. rod says:

    another case of blatant corruption incompetence stupidity and plain out treason all involved should be put in jail but since the minister of defence and higher ups are involved nothing will happen again like the last fiasco nothing has come of that all people involved still have their jobs no one has been arrested and we wonder why the crime situation in belize is so bad when gov is also involved openly minista of defence you are a joke worse you are a disgrace to the country of belize.

  5. BZ says:

    I think most people are missing the point here. If the airplane was at a private hanger and was destined for a local test flight, the airport actually had nothing to do with it, other than give the pilots clearance to take off. It is a private plane. Who is directly responsible are the mechanics, who release the airplane to the owners and the left a bill behind or released the aircraft to two pilots who pretended to be owners and stole the aircraft, either way the airport i’m sure had no say in who takes off in a privately owned local flight.

  6. Tony McCreath says:

    Hey think about this..,

    What is missing here is responsibility for actions by all involved here. In any country a private plane may leave an airport for short flight without flightplan, any significant distance a flight plan is required. Any plane leaving and expected back fails to appear would normally cause search and rescue operations to look for them. Nobody would immediately assume theft of plane?! What are we not being told here? Why did a search and rescue operation not get started immediately? How would you like to be a pilot who crashed and could not assume confidently that someone would search for your plane once noticed missing? So much for public safety. Where did Rador and air traffic control see them go? Was anyone watching???????

  7. daveyt says:

    Who paid for the repairs? Or, more importantly, who will? No doubt the taxpayer will. This was pre-planned. the renovation of a confiscate drug running aircraft, then it’s apparent ‘Theft’.

    Someone at Ministerial level got a good pay-off for arranging this, so we can be assured that nothing further will happen. The investigation will end soon, and come up with nothing, and that aircraft will be back in Belizean skys, full of Cocaine. Of course, if it lands, by the time the Police “rush” to the landing strip (Southern Highway?). It will be refuelled and on it’s way, minus a fat envelope, filled with US$’s, for someone in Belmopan….. Again…..

  8. Sport says:

    DRUGS.

  9. vigilante justice 316 says:

    why the hell did they put that much gas in it for, if they weren’t helping them to get away with the plane. Aren’t these people tired of making fool of our country? they should all choke to death on their next meal, %&^&$ traitors! stop disrespecting Belize!

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