- Mexican military finds a plane on a road after it made an emergency landing
- Video posted by the top Quintana Roo state police official showed smoke billowing from the jet as it sat on a rural two-lane highway
- Authorities found a truck nearby with more than 850 pounds of cocaine inside
- That cocaine is worth more than $4.9million, according to local authorities
Mexican military officials said on Sunday they discovered a small plane from South America in flames after it made an illegal landing on the Yucatan Peninsula possibly carrying hundreds of kilos of drugs.
Video posted by the top Quintana Roo state police official showed smoke billowing from the jet as it sat on a rural two-lane highway.
The Defense Department said the plane had arrived from South America and had been tracked since it entered Mexican airspace.
According to the department, two air force planes were dispatched to trail the jet and troops were flown to the landing site.
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Local press reported that because the aircraft had been detected by the Armed Forces in mid-flight, the crew would have landed and burned the plane in order to escape.
However, local authorities have not confirmed that report. It is unclear whether the plane made the emergency landing and then burst into flames or whether the traffickers purposely set it on fire.
Further down the highway, headed toward the neighboring state of Yucatan, troops found a pickup truck loaded with 13 sacks of cocaine weighing a total of about 850 pounds.
With an estimated value of more than $4.9million, the loss would have a 'significant' impact on criminal organizations, said a statement from the Mexican military.
Broadcaster Milenio, which showed footage of the plane half burnt out on a highway surrounded by dense vegetation, reported that the plane had arrived from Maracaibo, Venezuela.
Reuters could not verify the information and the Venezuelan government did not immediately reply to a request for comment. No arrests have been made.
The plane had landed in the state of Quintana Roo, home to popular beach resorts like Cancun.
The website Aviation Safety Network identified the plane as a decades-old BAe-125 15-seat passenger jet. It's unclear what year the jet was manufactured, but its price could range between $500,000 and $1million.