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LH Gets Accused Of Trafficking Air-to-air Missiles  
User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2568 posts, RR: 31
Posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2515 times:

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Venezuelan Public ministry starts investigation after seizure of missiles in CCS



The Public Ministry initiated the investigations around the seizure of five missiles that were detected at night of Saturday at the time of being transferred to an airplane.

The public prosecutor 8° with total national competition, Gilberto Landaeta, is the one in charge to direct the performances to execute the investigations and to settle down the responsibilities to that there is place. The civil employee explained that during the operative one of seizure the manager of the warehouse of the Lufthansa airline was apprehended in the Airport the Simón International Bolivar de Maiquetía, and who outside presented/displayed east Monday before a control court.

Operative of seizure was made by civil employees of Disip, who when confiscating the first missile detected the rest inside a container that was in a warehouse of the referred air line, according to the department of press of the General Office of the public prosecutor of the Republic.
According to the preliminary investigations the missiles came from Colombia, arrived 26 of May the past and had as Tel destiny Aviv, Israel.

Esteem that previously already would have been transferred 10 missiles to the referred city in different commercial flights from the air line. Similarly, the preliminary investigations determined that the missiles were transferred in number of two by each flight of passengers. The five seized missiles are used by diverse airplanes battle, including F-16 hunts and the Mirage.

Source (SPANISH):
http://www.eluniversal.com/2005/06/07/pol_art_07108C.shtml

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User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13942 posts, RR: 63
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2468 times:

I highly doubt that LH knew what was inside the parcels. They depend on the customer declaring the nature of the goods. Since A/A missiles contain explosives, they are a no-go on commercial flight anyway in accordance with IATA rules (the only exception are squibs for aircraft fire bottles, UN class 1.4. They can be shiped as company material (COMAT) to service a compny aircraft).

Jan


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2457 times:

Wow, is that another scandal at Lufthansa?

This airline is featured frequently in the news lately regarding criminal actions, the German magazine "Der Spiegel" reported a few days ago that the German authorities are investigating because many Lufthansa pilots as well as F/A's are suspects in a fiscal fraud scandal.

Furthermore did I hear that the German aviation authority is very interested in them because they broke cockpit access laws and let people flying on the cockpit jumpseat despite these persons were not allowed to enter the cockpit according to the current law.

Patrick


User currently offlineLuisde8cd From Pitcairn Islands, joined Aug 2004, 2568 posts, RR: 31
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2446 times:

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 1):
I highly doubt that LH knew what was inside the parcels.

so do I... that's why I do not understand why they arrested the Lufthansa Warehouse manager.


User currently offlineA350 From Germany, joined Nov 2004, 1100 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2381 times:

That was not Lufthansa. It was Luftwaffe carrying the air-to-air-missiles  biggrin 

A350



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User currently onlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13942 posts, RR: 63
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2308 times:

Quoting Luisde8cd (Reply 3):
so do I... that's why I do not understand why they arrested the Lufthansa Warehouse manager.

Luis,

I didn´t read the article completely, pero ahora he lleido el articulo completamente en espanol.
Either the guy didn´t know what was inside the parcels (and I doubt that the persons sending them would send them without packaging) or he might have been bribed. In the last case, throw the book at him and send him to jail.

Some years ago LH Cargo internal security had a major sting operation carried out at FRA in cooperation, where several managers got arrested and fired for stealing whole containers of cargo (e.g. cell phones) and selling them on eBay from their office computers.

Jan


User currently offlineRICARIZA From Colombia, joined Apr 2005, 2380 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2101 times:

Those missiles were sent by the Colombian Air Force. They were headed to Tel Aviv for maintenance. In total there were 13 missiles. 8 went a few days ago without problem, but they are investigating why the shipment of the other 5, made a stop in Caracas.

Everything is documented by the Colombian Air Force (FAC), all the permits and regulations for this type of activity are in order. The FAC had a contract with Israel Armament Industry (IAI) for the maintenance of these missiles and IAI is investigating the reasons for the stop in Caracas.

The Colombian embassy in Caracas, FAC and IAI are in the process of retrieving the missiles and clarify the issue with the Venezuelan government.



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