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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2018. 8:35 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: After consistent attempts from the media requesting details surrounding the discovery of a jet plane on the San Estevan road in northern Belize on Tuesday morning, the Ministry of National Security finally issued a report late yesterday evening.

According to the Ministry of National Security, they work with their regional partners ( Mexico, USA, and Central America neighbors) and rely on each other for information and intelligence (including available radar capabilities) to keep informed of any airplane tracking towards Belize and the region.

The Ministry says that despite these efforts, there has been a spate of illegal airplane landings in the country as the aircraft manage to avoid detection from the available regional radars.

The local law enforcement response is based primarily on initial tracking information and intelligence provided by regional partners.

According to the Ministry, in the case of illegally flown airplanes, that information changes by the time the plane enters Belize’s airspace.

“These aircraft actively avoid radar detection, therefore, Belizean authorities must rely principally on actual sightings and the most recent intelligence received locally, or from our regional partners, to try to anticipate the landing areas for the planes. Although law enforcement authorities try to cover multiple possible landing sites, the pilots also have several landing options and are therefore able to elude authorities,” the statement added.

The Ministry of National Security says that they along with their regional partners continue to seek ways to improve detection capabilities to prevent the illegal landings.

The Ministry also encourages the public to immediately report suspicious aircraft sightings to law enforcement agencies (Police, Belize Defence Force, Belize Coast Guard) for a timelier response by authorities.

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