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Plane with fake plates, flight plan abandoned in Chetumal

Chetumal, Q.R. — A plane was left abandoned at the Chetumal Airport during an inspection of its paperwork with the pilot and copilot fleeing. The unusual incident happened Thursday after the pilot requested permission to land the Hawker 800 aircraft.

Chetumal International Airport authorities granted permission to the pilot who was arriving from the Toluca Airport.

According to their flight plan, the plane had left Toluca and made a stopover in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche before landing in Chetumal. Once on the ground, both the pilot A.H.V. and copilot, A.M.R., both of Mexican nationality, got off the plane to eat at a restaurant while authorities reviewed their paperwork, however, neither men returned.

While officials found the aircraft empty, they did learn that both the license plate and the flight plan were altered and that the data was false. For the time being, the plane remains under the protection of the delegation of the Attorney General’s Office (FGR).

Earlier in the week, the same type of plane was found landed in Belize. Both the cargo, which were believed to be drugs, and pilots had vanished before authorities arrived.