CARACAS – A small airplane was stolen on the weekend from one of the hangars at Caracas’ Maiquetia International Airport and there was no trace of the outbound flight on the list of departures kept by the control tower, Venezuelan media reported Monday.
The small plane, owned by agribusiness firm Yuruguana, was taken from Maiquetia’s auxiliary terminal late Friday or early Saturday, according to the criminal complaint filed by legal representatives of the company with police, capital daily El Universal said.
The curious thing about the case is that, apparently, nobody noticed the crime, and airport personnel told the police that they saw the aircraft for the last time parked in the hangar on Friday night.
The information gathered in questioning by the police points to the possibility that the plane was scheduled to make a flight on Saturday morning and was listed for takeoff the night before.
Investigators think that the people who stole the plane are drug traffickers who managed to take off in the plane almost right from the hangar, since this particular model could do so with only 100 meters (yards) of runway. EFE