For the first time in three
years, the Peruvian air force used jet fighters to shoot down a plane suspected
of drug-running, the Associated Press reported this week. The incident
took place over the Amazon rainforest near the Brazilian border about 370
miles northeast of Lima. Police were searching for the wreckage and
the fate of the plane's occupants was uncertain.
The Peruvian air force said
its jets used machine-gun fire to down the plane after its pilots ignored
radio messages and warning shots.
During the height of Peru's
coca boom in the early 1990s, Peru's authoritarian leader, Alberto Fujimori,
authorized blowing suspected smugglers' planes out of the skies as part
of his aggressive anti-trafficking program.
In the early 1990s, AP reported,
the Peruvian air force shot down 25 planes flying along routes between
airstrips in the Peruvian Amazon and Colombian cocaine refineries.
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Issue #146, 7/21/00
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