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Apr 20, 2012

Unidentified plane crashes in Corozal; no one found

Up north, a single engine plane believed to be used to transport drugs crash landed early on Thursday afternoon, not far from the Mexican border. The plane is retrofitted to carry cargo and while its origin is from Ecuador, it has Mexican registration. There was no cargo on the Cessna but the stretch of road appears to be used as a frequent landing strip. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports from San Victor.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The broken vestiges of a Cessna single engine, turboprop aircraft, bearing the letters HC-CHZ, remained under tight military guard today where a coterie of aviation officials carefully dismantled what was left of the vessel.  Its nose wheel, as well as the tip of its right wing was extensively damaged when the plane presumably swerved off this crude landing strip before violently coming to rest in a cane field near the outskirts of San Victor.  The village is located less than three miles east of the Mexican border.  At around three o’clock on Thursday afternoon, residents heard the roar of the low-flying aircraft moments before it crash landed on a feeder road.


Voice of: Resident of San Victor

“When we reach there I see the plane there almost about ten to eight feet from the cane field to the road.  The plane, like three-quarter of the plane, was inside the field and the tail you can see it from the road.  Then afterwards the police reach there about five, after two hours the police reach there.”


…and they’ve been there since, processing the scene of an accident they believe involved a Mexican drug plane.  While the characters labeled on the tail of the aircraft indicate that it is of Ecuadorian origin, the identifying letters on the flight deck prove that it is registered in neighboring Mexico.  Superintendent Gualberto Garcia, Officer Commanding Corozal Police Formation:


Gualberto Garcia

Via Phone: Supt. Gualberto Garcia, Officer Commanding Corozal Police

“Initial investigations revealed to us that the plane may have landed sometime about one p.m.  Upon our arrival there were a number of villagers, or civilians rather, around the aircraft and we managed to get control of the aircraft.  Our initial search of the area revealed nothing incriminating, we didn’t find any illegal substance around [or] in the aircraft or around it.”


Despite not finding anything incriminatory, the airplane, according to aviation officials on the scene, had its cabin gutted to allow for the transportation of cargo, leaving room only for a two-member flight crew.   The area, says the owner of the plantation, has been used repeatedly as a landing strip.


Voice of: Resident of San Victor

“The villagers said, because you know here San Victor is a place where a lot of contraband comes in here, so all the contrabandists say that that happened, that plane landed there about four or five times there, usually around that time when that [accident] happened there.  They were loading and unloading but we don’t know who are those guys.”


Speculations are that heavy rains over the past few days were a contributing factor to the crash landing since the road condition has deteriorated in the aftermath of the showers.


Voice of: Resident of San Victor

“Well to me, the road it’s bad right there and they have a big hole right there so what happened [may have contributed to] the plane getting inside the cane field or maybe the pilot lost control and get inside there because you have water inside there in the cane field.  You see the how you call the blade of the plane like it made contact with the rows of cane which maybe killed the motor and it stopped there.”


When it came to a screeching halt the occupants of the aircraft, though we are uncertain whether or not there were any injuries, fled the scene of the accident.  Corozal police are conducting an investigation to determine there whereabouts or if there was any assistance rendered in landing the plane.


Via Phone: Supt. Gualberto Garcia

“We have been speaking to villagers and to persons who live in the area but at this moment we have not had any information with regards to the citing of any vehicle that might have been involved or any persons that might have been involved in the landing of this aircraft.”


The last recorded crash landing of a Mexican drug plane was in November of last year when Miguel Reina Rodriguez and Hector William Velasquez lost their lives in the area of the Belize Zoo. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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8 Responses for “Unidentified plane crashes in Corozal; no one found”

  1. Fidel says:

    its gone out of belize again!1

  2. Storm says:

    Has it occurred to Hon. John Saldivar, our esteemed Minister of National Security, to place a few patrols of BDF moving around these known drug-trafficking routes, staying in tents until they can ambush drug planes like this?

    Let the cartels get settled into Belize comfortably, and before we know it, we will have beheadings and all the narco-state characteristics of our neighjbour to the immediate North.

    Is it GOB’s job to facilitate the cartels, or to keep them out of the Jewel?

  3. Al says:

    Storm, keeping watch at sites that can be used as landing strip is too logical for Mr Saldivar. He gets his paycheck and that is all that he is interested in. This government need to ask for help to put plans and safegurads in place to fight this drug war. Drugs is crippling our country and turning it into a war zone. Somebody is getting paid for these drug activities. Locals are involved, just follow the money trail. Somebody is spending a lot of money with no obvious job or legal way to get it, follow the money and you will find the people involved.

  4. Jr. says:

    Belize is in sad state. All the leaders is corrupted, too bad the belizean people can’t do better and have to settle for less. Pretty soon Belize gonna be controlled by the mexi cartels.

  5. Gone fishing says:

    Storm: cartels, gangs, and petty thieves, in that pecking order.

  6. Very Concern says:

    The Corozal Police department has changed overnight and has become very corrupted and soon this corruption will errupt, because residents of Corozal cannot take it no more. The rampage of hold-up’s and broke-in’s of houses is terrorizing Corozal. This place need to have military presence… Let this be a call to all CONCERN parties in the higher hiearchy…and I hope it does not fall in deaf ears…

  7. 100% concern says:

    Absolutely correct “Very concern” these guys are the worst corrupted officers i think the ministry of defense has to put a secret investigation unit to investigate all these corrupted police officers. These officers have the best of rides, homes and worst of all sits in that station just to collect a salary at the end of the month or to be bribed by these criminals. Crime and violence has dramatically escalated in Corozal. lets make Corozal as safe as it was.

  8. Santa Elena Resident says:

    Now that robbery and crime down in the San Ignacio/Santa Elena area, they want to move Supt. Gentle because of business owners who seem to be very influential. Its a sad state when Mayor John August goes on television and indirectly states that money is more important than the lives of the citizens living in this area. These politicians are all corrupt and look after their own interest.

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