Brazilian Air Force intercepts and brings down suspicious aircraft

Brazilian Air Force / X

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) intercepted a Cessna 182 aircraft, registration PT-CPR, that entered Brazilian airspace from Paraguay near Londrina, Paraná. The mission involved two FAB Embraer A-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft and an Embraer E-99 radar aircraft.

The operation is part of the Integrated Border Protection Program (PPIF), aimed at combating illicit activities in Brazilian airspace. The FAB works closely with public security agencies, including the Brazilian Federal Police (PF).

Initially detected at the border between Paraguay and the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the aircraft was intercepted when it entered Brazilian airspace without a flight plan. From that point on, it was monitored by the Brazilian Aerospace Operations Command (COMAE) and the PF. Following protocols, the aircraft was classified as suspicious, and its registration was found to be forged.

One of the A-29 pilots issued a mandatory landing order in Londrina. Still, the suspicious aircraft did not comply, eventually making a forced landing on a dirt runway near Santa Cruz do Rio Pardo, São Paulo state, at 11:10 am local time. From then onward, the PF took over, detaining the crew and seizing the suspected cargo, which consisted of cocaine base paste.

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