On Thursday, November 24, 2011, residents on the Western Highway reportedly heard the distinctive sound of an airplane flying low in the area possibly looking for a landing sight. According to Belize City media, police blanketed the Mahogany Heights area in search of a plane until 10p.m. on Thursday night but to no avail. It wasn’t until day break on Friday, November 25, that it was confirmed that a plane crashed and two men onboard died on impact.
The wreckage was immediately blocked off the police for their investigations. A few minutes into the investigation police brought out two mangled bodies of two Colombians that died from the impact of the plane crash.
The plane was a single engine Cessna Centurion II, and according to Belize City media was reportedly heading East in the direction of Belize City when the left wing clipped a tree and cut off the entire top of the tree and then plunged into the pine ridge terrain.
Speculations are that the plane was either transporting money or bringing in a person since the plane had six seats inside which would suggest that there would be little space for drugs trafficking.
The two Columbian men were identified as 46-year-old Hector Velasquez and 57-year-old Miguel Rodriguez. The plane was Mexican registered.