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Cocaine-carrying plane crashes in Honduras

Cocaine-carrying plane crashes in Honduras

Honduras' government says a cocaine-filled plane being pursued by U.S. anti-drug helicopters has crashed, killing the pilot.
Vice Minister of Security Mario Perdomo says authorities estimate the plane was carrying about 1,000 kilograms (2,200 pounds) of cocaine, although all but 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of the drug burned in the crash.
Perdomo told reporters Tuesday that two U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration helicopters were pursuing the aircraft that went down near El Negrito town in northern Honduras.
Perdomo says the plane left Venezuela and was heading to Honduras' Bay Islands, a transit point for U.S.-bound cocaine.
U.S. Embassy spokeswoman Ledy Pacheco declined to comment on whether DEA agents were in pursuit.


Updated : 2021-06-24 19:41 GMT+08:00