Yflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1169 posts, RR: 1 Posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2666 times:
I came across this article last night and it doesn't appear to have been discussed here yet, about how smugglers use planes as large as the B727 to transport loads of drugs and "other goods" between South America and Africa:
Quote: TIMBUKTU, Mali (Reuters) – In early 2008, an official at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security sent a report to his superiors detailing what he called "the most significant development in the criminal exploitation of aircraft since 9/11."
The document warned that a growing fleet of rogue jet aircraft was regularly crisscrossing the Atlantic Ocean. On one end of the air route, it said, are cocaine-producing areas in the Andes controlled by the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. On the other are some of West Africa's most unstable countries.
Tharanga From United States of America, joined Apr 2009, 1873 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 4 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2570 times:
I think an early, and of course, totally incorrect speculation about AF 447 was that it collided with one of these drug smuggling planes. The issue is on the radar, so to speak, even though the planes fly below radar.
This drug trade is very destabilising to some places in west africa, like guinea and guinea-bissau.