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Mexican Plane Crashes Near Belize Zoo

On Thursday, November 24, 2011, residents on the Western Highway reportedly heard the distinctive sound of an airplane flying low in the area possibly looking for a landing sight. According to Belize City media, police blanketed the Mahogany Heights area in search of a plane until 10p.m. on Thursday night but to no avail. It wasn’t until day break on Friday, November 25, that it was confirmed that a plane crashed and two men onboard died on impact.

The wreckage was immediately blocked off the police for their investigations. A few minutes into the investigation police brought out two mangled bodies of two Colombians that died from the impact of the plane crash.

The plane was a single engine Cessna Centurion II, and according to Belize City media was reportedly heading East in the direction of Belize City when the left wing clipped a tree and cut off the entire top of the tree and then plunged into the pine ridge terrain.

Speculations are that the plane was either transporting money or bringing in a person since the plane had six seats inside which would suggest that there would be little space for drugs trafficking.

The two Columbian men were identified as 46-year-old Hector Velasquez and 57-year-old Miguel Rodriguez. The plane was Mexican registered.

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