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Watch: Plane believed to be carrying 860 pounds of cocaine crashes on Mexican highway

Mexican military (Tomascastelazo/WikiCommons)

A crash-landing by a plane believed to have hundreds of pounds of cocaine on board was at the center of a fiery scene on a highway in Mexico on Sunday, shocking video shows.

Officials discovered 390kg of the illicit drug — or about 860 pounds — near the site of the crash in Quintana Roo, a state in southeastern Mexico, the BBC reported.

Footage showing the plane on fire with black smoke ascending into the air was posted to Twitter on Sunday by Quintana Roo Police Chief Alberto Capella.

 

Mexican military officials had spotted the plane after it flew into the country’s airspace, the BBC reported. The authorities followed the aircraft with their own jets ahead of the crash-landing.

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No arrests have been reported in connection with the incident. Officials were dispatched to the scene of the crash.

The plane had been tracked shortly after it took off from Maracaibo, Venezuela, according to Mexican News Daily. Officials reportedly suspect the crew left the scene and fled into a nearby wooded area.

The cocaine was reportedly worth 100 million pesos, which is more than $4 million.

No cars are visible along the stretch of highway surrounding the crash site in the footage shared to social media.

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