Light plane crash generates a mystery

That single-engine light plane that crashed in Colombia’s Choco region Sunday was reported to have been stolen that same day.

Investigators and Aviation Civil officials are trying to figure out what happened.

The aircraft with its owner as pilot made an hour-long flight from Tobías Bolaños airport in Pavas Sunday morning to Puerto Jiménez on the Osa peninsula. The pilot, identified as Carlos Montes de Oca, filed a flight plan.

Officials here were alerted to the situation when the emergency locational device on the aircraft went off and began sending signals. The device was triggered by the crash just short of the runway at a small airport in Pizarro, Colombia.

Workers at the Dirección de Aviación Civil managed to locate Montes de Oca, who was visiting Matapalo on the Pacific coast. Fuerza Pública officers checked the Puerto Jiménez airport and could not find the plane.

Officials here and in Colombia still are trying to get a confirmed identity of the dead pilot. He was reported to be carrying a considerable amount of cash.

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