Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Honduras: US Pilots Arrested in San Pedro Sula for Abandoning Luxury Jet in Roatán

According to The Latin American Tribune, Honduran security forces on Monday (April 7) arrested two US commercial pilots who abandoned a luxury jet last week at the Roatán Airport. 

The make, model and tail number of the aircraft was not disclosed or the plane's value.

The pilots were apprehended at the international airport in San Pedro Sula, as they were preparing to board a flight to the US, the coordinator of the Fusina inter-institutional security force, Quintin Suarez, told reporters.

The abandoned jet had landed at the Roatán Airport last Tuesday (April 1) and the pilots,  identified as Luís Felipe Parra and Hector Manuel Guerra, after parking the jet, simply abandoned it and attempted to flee to the US.

COMMENT: Honduran authorities are investigating why the pilots just walked away from the jet and are attempting to determine “if the plane was transporting drugs or another (prohibited) substance.”

He added that the plane “will remain in (police) custody” during the investigation.

Honduran territorial waters and airspace, mainly in the Caribbean area, are used by Central and South American drug traffickers as a ruse through which to send narcotics to the United States.

So far this year, Honduran authorities have seized more than 2,000 kilograms of cocaine and dozens of barrels of chemicals to refine that drug, as well as weapons and ammunition of assorted calibers.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.