Honduran police find burnt aircraftDecember 20th, 2011 - 11:51 am ICT by IANS
Tegucigalpa, Dec 20 (IANS/EFE) A small twin-engine airplane suspected of being used to smuggle cocaine was found burned in the Caribbean province of Colon, Honduran police said.
Though first detected in the early hours of Monday, the aircraft was in ashes by the time authorities on the ground tracked it to the village of Cusuna, inspector Osmin Bardales told reporters.
Police were unable to make out the plane’s registration number and have no information on its origin or flight plan, he said.
No one has been arrested in connection with the incident, but police are investigating, Bardales said.
Honduras is an important transshipment point for US-bound drugs from South America and Honduran authorities have confiscated 22.6 tonnes of cocaine this year, the bulk of it in the Caribbean coastal region.
In July, units from the Honduran navy and US Coast Guard intercepted a small submarine carrying 7.5 tonnes of cocaine.
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