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Be Careful Flying Over Sonora Mexico

by John M. White |

Police in Mexico have seized a truck with an anti-aircraft machine gun on it in Sonora, Mexico.  The machine gun seized could fire 800 shots per minute up to  one mile away. In addition, police seized a large number of heavy weapons at the site.Click on image to enlarge

The arsenal belonged to a group linked to the powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel, according to Mexican authorities.  Sonora is on the Arizona border, and an area where recent drug violence has erupted on the Mexican side of the border.

With the proliferation of all of these weapons around the world pilots need to be ever so careful, particularly in areas known to harbor criminal gangs in out of control countries like Mexico and Somalia. I recall that early on in the Iraq conflict a DHL aircraft was hit by a ground to air missile while departing the Baghdad airport.

Best solution: keep checking the FAR/AIM and NOTAMS for any areas you are going to fly over and which you are not familiar with.

Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!


Leader, bandits at 2 o’clock!
Roger; it’s only 1:30 now—what’ll I do ‘til then?

— The Bill Waterson comic character Calvin, of 'Cavin and Hobbes.' fame.

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