Mexico authorities confirmed no less than two planes had been shot at on Thursday by individuals linked to the Sinaloa Cartel after the arrest of native drug lord Ovidio Guzmán, the son of ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán.
One of many planes was industrial flight Aeromexico Embraer E190, which was carrying passengers on the time. The cartel members shot on the plane whereas it was on the runway at Culiacan Worldwide Airport (CUL) in Mexico.
In addition they shot at a Boeing 737-800 registration FAM-3526 operated by the Mexican Air Power.
The Aeromexico flight was headed to Mexico Metropolis however was canceled. In a video taken onboard flight AM165, passengers will be seen hiding on the ground as pictures are heard within the background.
Aeromexico launched a press release, “This morning, we detected a bullet hole in the fuselage of an Embraer E190 aircraft that was ready to operate the flight AM165 on the route Culiacán-Mexico City. The flight was canceled for safety reasons.”
“The plane never began its departure. After this incident, all safety protocols were activated, we informed the authorities, with whom we will coordinate the investigations. The clients and employees are safe.”
The arrest of Guzmán has brought about chaos, together with vans being set on fireplace, vehicles being looted, and blockades of roads in Sinaloa and close by states. Mexican authorities have warned residents to remain at residence, Journey Noire reported.
AeroMexico canceled all its scheduled flights departing to areas affected by the violence, together with the Sinaloan cities of Culiacan, Los Mochis, and Mazatlan, and three airports within the space have closed, together with Culiacán Worldwide, Mazatlán Worldwide (MZT), and Los Mochis Worldwide (LMM) till additional discover.
Different airways, similar to Volaris and VivaAerobus, additionally suspended flights to Culiacán and Mazatlán because of the outbreak of violence.