Embraer A-29 Super Tucano

Brazilian Air Force intercepts two aircraft with drugs in less than 48 hours

Small planes entered Brazilian airspace from Paraguay and Bolivia, made forced landings and were destroyed by fugitive drug traffickers

The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) has deployed its aircraft to intercept planes invading the airspace at a high frequency, ut there were no attacks on the South American country. They are small single-engine and twin-engine vehicles that try to transport drugs from neighboring countries.

Although interceptions are routine, in recent days attention has been drawn to the fact that A-29 Super Tucano planes were deployed twice in less than 48 hours to prevent drug trafficking aircraft from reaching their destinations in Brazil.

On Tuesday, April 9, a single-engine Cessna 182, registration PT-CPR, entered Brazilian airspace from Paraguay.

Follow Air Data News: WhatsApp | Google News | Instagram | LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook

Cessna 182 made a forced land in a farm (FAB)

The aircraft was detected by the E-99 airborne early warning (AEW) jet, which scrambled the A-29 turboprops.

The Super Tucanos intercepted the Cessna and urged it to land at Londrina Airport, in Southern region of Brazil, however, the pilot made a forced landing on a farm.

Upon touching the ground, the single-engine plane was destroyed, but the occupants fled, leaving the drugs behind.

Table of Contents

The two men on board of the Seneca set fire to the aircraft to destroy the illicit cargo (FAB)

Seneca burned

In the afternoon of the following day, a twin-engine EMB-810D Seneca, registration PT-RQY, left Bolivia towards Brazil and was detected again, flying at low altitude.

The A-29s took off again to intercept the new invader. After disobeying the order to land, the Seneca received a warning shot and its occupants made a forced landing in an area that was difficult to access.

This time, however, the two men on board managed to set fire to the aircraft to destroy the illicit cargo before fleeing on foot.

Brazilian Air Force E-99M (FAB)

Huge border

Brazil is a traditional route for drug trafficking and its huge border makes aerial patrolling difficult.


Traffickers use small planes that fly at very low altitudes to avoid detection, but Air Force radar systems have been able to track them.

Due to their low-speed operational characteristics, these single-engine and twin-engine aircraft are more easily neutralized by the Super Tucano, a more powerful variant of Embraer’s light attack aircraft.


Popular posts

Previous Post
Hungarian Air Force first KC-390

Hungary’s first KC-390 arrives in the country

Next Post
Ural Airlines A320 that landed in a wheat field

Russian carrier will no longer rescue A320 that landed in wheat field

Related Posts