Fly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1603 times:
Turns out today I call my mom, and the first thing she tells me is that choppers and a king air from the Mexican equivalent of the FBI and other military planes were chasing around a cessna with the registration erased (182?) supposingly carrying narcotics over my (ex) house at HMO!!! She said they were buzzing all over the city under 100 meters high. The pursuit started at nogales (city on the US-Mex border) and continued south to Hermosillo (HMO). That's were things got nasty. They then continued south of the city, it is not known if they got him or not.
I wish I had been there!!!!
Here's the article, sorry it's in spanish, don't have time too translate it, but I pretty much summarized it in the first paragraph.
N506CR From Costa Rica, joined Nov 2004, 147 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1567 times:
wouldn't it be easier to just send an armed fighter and shoot it down?
sure it'd be easier. Way easier. Now, think about the consequences it'd bring along. Is not what the authorities want.
They'll just chase him and wait until he lands. That's the normal procedure in these cases, which is probably drug smuggling.
I remember reading about the longest chase in the US Customs history, which occured a few years ago. A C208 equipped with home-made tanks will allow the plane to fly nonstop from Colombia to Canada. 13 hours of chase. A P-3 Orion, a Cessna Citation and a Piper Cheyenne. It would've been way easier to send and armed fighter and shoot it down too.
Britmex From Mexico, joined Nov 2000, 207 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
Sometimes I see so much ignorance in these forums. Interceptions with jet fighters is IMPOSSIBLE with the very low speed of the C206. The F-5 is a defense fighter and it is intended to be used against ground targets (with Mk 82 bombs which the Mexican Air Force has in its arsenal or AGM-64 Maverick which is a ground attack missile) or another aerial target like an incoming enemy fighter or bomber. Not even the USAF uses fighters to intercept suspicious GA traffic. An F-5 can make it to HMO from Santa Lucia in less than 30 minutes (providing they have the supplementary tanks) and easily lock the incoming acft in their radar, however the F-5 is a very dangerous acft to fly in low speeds and therefore that kind of interceptions are left to the King Air or should an armed acft be needed a Pilatus PC-7 may be used (still too fast). I know that since I have a relative in very high position in the DEA and he told me they use helicopters (specially equipped Blackhawks NON armed) but almost never a fighter.
Finally the rules of interception for intruding traffic in Mexico may be found in the PIA/AIP manual which may be available in any flight school, FBO or any commercial pilot flight bag.
I know that the Mexican Air Force may be small but is still a fairly modern airforce with jet fighters ( more F-5`s are ordered to increase their number to more than 50) AWACS capability, antitank helicopters and a modern transport fleet which includes ex British C-130 Hercules MkII. Having state-of- the-art fighters costs money and if we Mexicans want them we should ask the Peruvians and their Mirage and MiG 29 which are stored in crates having no money to operate them...yet Peru has a really wanting motorway network...