Colombian and Honduran Air Forces Get Their First Result in the Fight against Drug Trafficking
By Dialogo August 23, 2011
As a result of the implementation of the agreement signed between Colombia and Honduras in July of this year for the purpose of decreasing improper use of their airspace, the Colombian and Honduran Air Forces conducted a combined operation that made it possible to detect and subsequently neutralize a plane used for drug trafficking.
Using its early-warning systems, the Colombian Air Force detected an illegal PA-34 plane in the Caribbean, headed toward Central America, without a flight plan on file, unregistered, and without authorization.
Colombian Air Force reconnaissance planes immediately tracked the aircraft to Honduran territory, where the Hondurans, having been previously informed and in accordance with the protocols established in the agreement, activated their surveillance and control systems, tracking the plane and neutralizing it once it landed.
In the operation, 470 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride were seized, which were turned over to the competent authorities for legal proceedings.
With this operation, the Colombian Air Force continues to get positive results that can contribute to dismantling narco-terrorist organizations, thereby preventing the improper use of the country’s airspace, by conducting combined operations in the fight against drug trafficking.