Venezuela burns down Mexican plane
Getting rid of the evidence?
Here’s what happened: On Monday a private jet with a Mexican registration number was forced to land in Venezuela. Its passengers apparently fled. The Venezuelan military burned down the plane.
Now Nicolas Maduro says the plane was carrying cocaine.
Este incursor aereo fue inmovilizado por medios aereos de nuestra AMB, 7 MN al norte Buena vista del Meta, Edo. Apure pic.twitter.com/VlKscAotWA
— Vladimir Padrino (@vladimirpadrino) November 5, 2013
“This intruder was immobilized on air by our Air Force 7 MN north of Buena Vista del Meta, Apure state”
A Mexican plane forced down and destroyed in Venezuelan territory earlier in the week was full of cocaine, President Nicolas Maduro said.
Maduro said he was surprised that Mexico had asked for an explanation of the November 4 incident through diplomatic channels.
Mexican officials said Friday that the seven people aboard the plane — two crew members and five passengers — flew from the central Mexican state of Queretaro under false identities.
Apure state is well known as a place where airplanes take off packed with Colombian cocaine bound for points north, typically Central America. From there, the drug is typically moved by Mexican cartels north to the United States.
Who had been in the plane? What had it been doing in Venezuela? Was it involved in the drug trade? Why had it gone up in flames? And where was the crew?
And, if the plane was “full of cocaine,” as Maduro said, what happened to the cocaine?