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Plane crash in Guatemala

Plane crash in Guatemala

Plane crash in Guatemala

The wreckage of a rogue jet that was detected by the Guatemalan military after it illegally entered its airspace and later crashed was found to have $16 million (€13 million) worth of cocaine onboard.

The co-pilot was killed when the aircraft came down in Sierra del Lacandón National Park.

When investigators arrived they arrested three other men including the pilot at the site.

Some 342 kilos of cocaine were discovered in and scattered around the crashed plane, while authorities also seized three rifles, ammunition, a satellite phone, a GPS system and three mobile phones.

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According to the National Civil Police, the cocaine was wrapped in plastic and included 25 packages that were adorned with the Boston Red Sox logo, a stylized 'B'.

The military did not identify the country where the plane had departed from and did not reveal its final destination.

This was the 37th aircraft that was been linked to drug trafficking that has crash landed in the area this year alone.

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In November, a Mexican pilot and an alleged Colombian drug trafficker were arrested after their jet crashed with $14 million (€11 million) worth of cocaine on board.

The plane had taken off from Venezuela and crashed in the city of Retalhuleu. A passenger in the plane also died.

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