Presidio Lely airport crash – 6 injured as plane crashes in Texas after pilot “tried to pass undocumented passengers”

SIX people were injured Thursday when a plane crashed in Texas after the pilot allegedly attempted to smuggle undocumented passengers.

The Presidio County Sheriff’s Office shared a photo of the crash scene and called the incident an “attempted smuggling.”


The Presidio County Sheriff’s Office shared a photo of the crash scene and called the incident an “attempted smuggling”

According to the sheriff’s report, MPs responded to the plane crash at around 3:51 p.m. local time.

The forced landing took place north of Presidio International Airport in Presidio County, Texas.

The sheriff’s office explained in a Facebook post: “MPs arrived at the scene and assisted injured passengers where they discovered the crash was an attempted smuggling gone wrong.

“The pilot attempted to smuggle several undocumented people from the Presidio by air.”

According to the report, investigators believe the aircraft’s excess weight and low fuel consumption contributed to the forced landing.

Six passengers were found in the four-seater plane.

“Police officers from the Presidio, a US border patrol, the Presidio EMS, TXDOT and the Presidio Fire Department arrived at the scene to assist with the search and rescue efforts,” the sheriff’s office said.

“Some of the undocumented people were taken to hospitals in El Paso and others were detained by the US border patrol.”

Following the incident, the pilot immediately left the scene and his whereabouts are currently unknown.

Anyone with information about this incident or other illegal activity is urged to call the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office at 432-729-4848.

Meanwhile, an investigation is underway by the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office,

Smuggling charges will be filed against the person (s) involved, police have warned.

Dozens of people commented on the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office Facebook statement, one of them wondering how the pilot landed.

“I wonder how the pilot landed? No broken greasewood, prickly pear or ocotillo behind the plane,” one Facebook user wrote. “As if someone had just unloaded the plane right there …”

Another commented: “1963 Piper Cherokee 235. Maximum payload 1465 lbs including fuel.

“You have 6 individuals at 150-175 apiece plus about 25 gallons of avgas (half of its capacity). You’re not going far.”

Earlier this month, at least 54 people died after 200 migrants crowded into a truck before it overturned and crashed into a bridge.

Dozens of men, women and children were also injured in the horror crash in southern Mexico as the overloaded truck was said to have tipped over in a sharp bend.

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