Sept. 26, 2007 -- SPECIAL REPORT -- Plane that crashed in
Yucatan with 3.2 tons of cocaine was CIA rendition aircraft
WMR has learned from knowledgeable European sources that a Gulfstream II that crash landed 1.3 miles from Tikokob in Yucatan, Mexico after being chased by Mexican military helicopters for flying illegally into Mexican airspace was one of the planes chartered to the CIA for the renditioning of kidnapped prisoners. The crash landing took place on September 24. The tail number of the Gulfstream is N987SA.
Mexican soldiers found no bodies at the crash site but did discover 132 bags containing 3.3 metric tons of cocaine. The origination of the Gulfstream's flight is unknown but it was destined for Cancun when it crash landed. Police later said they had arrested one passenger who was on board the plane.
The operator of the Gulfstream is Donna Blue Aircraft, Inc. of Coconut Creek, Florida. Its address, according to the Florida Division of Corporations, is 4811 Lyons Technology, Coconut Creek, Florida 33073.
On June 10, 2006, WMR reported that the N987SA Grumman G-1159, Gulfstream II, was operated by S/A Holdings LLC and had been involved in the renditioning of prisoners to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
On April 21, 2006, WMR reported on a similar incident involving a plane connected with the U.S. government: "On April 10, Mexican police, acting on a tip from INTERPOL, seized a DC-9 aircraft carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $100 million. The U.S.-registered plane was en route from Caracas, Venezuela, which, according to French intelligence, is a known hub for cocaine shipments from Colombia to Saudi Arabia. The DC-9 (registration number N900SA) made an emergency landing at Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche state. A Falcon aircraft that arrived at Ciudad del Carmen from Toluca airport in Mexico state in advance of the arrival of the DC-9 was also seized. The cocaine was contained in 128 suitcases. The Mexican police later claimed the unidentified DC-9's pilot managed to escape. However, the police did arrest the co-pilot. The DC-9 was painted in the familiar blue and white colors of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration with am official-looking seal with an American eagle bearing the inscription: 'Sky Way Aircraft - Protection of America's Skies.' The registered owner of the aircraft is: Royal Sons Inc., 15875 Fairchild Drive, Clearwater, Florida."
WMR has obtained from our European sources some of N987SA's past possible flights on behalf of the CIA:
From April 7 to April 12, 2004, the CIA rendition plane flew from Long Island/Farmingdale to Gander, Newfoundland; London Luton; Gander; Long Island/Farmingdale; Oxford, Connecticut; Washington, DC; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; Washington, DC; York, Pennsylvania; Hudson, New York; and Bedford, Massachusetts.
On April 21, 2004, N987SA flew from Long Island/Farmingdale to Gander, to Paris, France; to London; to Goose Bay, Labrador; and back to Farmingdale, New York.
On January 20, 2005, the Gulfstream flew from Oxford, Connecticut to Washington, DC, to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and returned to Washington and Oxford.
The aircraft also touched down in several Caribbean locations including Barbados; Aruba; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Higuey and Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic; St. Thomas; San Juan and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Nassau, Bahamas, St. Kitts; Cancun, Mexico; Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe; and St. Lucia, in addition to Kailua/Kona, Kahului, and Honolulu, Hawaii, Bermuda, and Jackson, Wyoming.
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